- Co-founder & President, Product Development and Public Relations, Newman's Own Organics
- Aptos, CA
Nell Newman launched Newman's Own® Organics: The Second Generation® with business partner Peter Meehan in 1993. Great tasting products that happen to be organic
is the company's motto. She is the President of the company, which started as a division of Newman's Own and became independent in 2001.
The daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Nell had an early introduction to natural foods at their rural Connecticut home. Nell's commitment to organic foods and sustainable agriculture led her to convince her father to let her establish an organic division of Newman's Own. She credits her parents, too, with teaching her by example to be socially responsible, politically involved, and philanthropic.
An ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture, Nell has participated as a featured speaker and as a panel member talking about her commitment to organic products and producing snacks that appeal to the general public. Nell's thoughts on how to make a difference are highlighted in her book, The Newman's Own Organics Guide to a Good Life: Simple Measures That Benefit You and the Place You Live
(Villard, 2003), written with science writer Joseph D'Agnese. It is filled with realistic, practical advice on why living a more environmentally conscious life helps us all.
Nell currently serves as a board member of the Wholesome Wave Foundation, EcoTrust, and Allergy Kids.