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Nathaniel Ru

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Nathaniel Ru is Co-Founder & Co-CEO of sweetgreen, the destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. Nathaniel and his co-founders Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman launched 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.

Sweetgreen also produces the annual Sweetlife Festival, a two-day music-and-food festival featuring local restaurants and big-name chefs and artists like Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Lana del Rey, Foster the People, and more. Each year, the festival attracts tens of thousands of attendees.

Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, Nathaniel graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he met fellow sweetgreen Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman.

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Events featuring Nathaniel Ru
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