Jonathan Neman is Co-Founder & Co-CEO of sweetgreen, the destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. Jonathan and his co-founders Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet started sweetgreen in 2007, opening their first location in Georgetown, DC – just three months out of college. The brand’s strong food ethos, embrace of passion and purpose, and investment in local communities has enabled sweetgreen to grow into a national brand with more than 48 locations across the East Coast and California.
In 2010, Jonathan and his partners founded The sweetlife Festival, which has grown to become the East Coast’s largest music and food festival, and sweetgreen’s biggest celebration of the sweetlife. The sweetlife Festival features a curated selection of in-demand, high profile musicians (Lana Del Rey, the Strokes, Kendrick Lamar and Phoenix) and outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, and local purveyors and farmers. Each year, the festival attracts tens of thousands of attendees.
Jonathan has been recognized as a key innovator in food and business, named to Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies", Inc’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes’“30 Under 30” and Food & Wine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under,” among other accolades.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jonathan graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he met fellow sweetgreen Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet.