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Our Team

  • Donna Lee
    Founder & CEO

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    About May 2011 - 3 years before we opened for business!

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Veggiebox, with a little bit of tartar sauce in the corner.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Creating new things and watching them come to life. Optimizing what we already do. Hanging out and collaborating with a bunch of hilarious, quirky and committed people.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Evanston, IL | Squirrel | My mentor, my bestie, my bro.

  • Zach Flanzman
    President & COO

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    January 2017.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Greens and Grains with garlic bread.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Debating tough questions, thinking about the future, and seeing results in action. With a quick break to work Expo during lunch. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Scotch Plains, NJ | Dolphin | Andy Samberg, Alexander Hamilton, Landon Donovan.

  • Jess Dietrich
    Director of Talent

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    May 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Greens & Grains with Lime-Cilantro Slaw.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The people and the culture, definitely. It’s incredible to see individuals grow within the organization and how everyone works well together.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Mount Prospect, IL | Fox | Michael Jordan, Freddy Mercury, Ryan Reynolds & Kathleen Zellner.

  • James Habisohn
    Director of Technology

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    May 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Greens & Grains with extra lemon vinaigrette.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Figuring out new ways to make our teams' job more efficient and enjoyable -- and also the hustle of cooking and assembling on the line!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Snow Leopard | David Attenborough, Action Bronson, Tom Segura.

  • Chrissie Ingolia
    Area Manager, Chicago

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2016.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Daily Catch Veggiebox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Getting to travel to all of our locations and work with all team members. Each location is different and fun - best day is when I make it to all four!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Davenport, IA | Panther | Derek Jeter, Anthony Bourdain, Joanna Gaines.

  • Kath Cole
    Area Manager, Chicago

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    March 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Greens & Grains.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The incredible teamwork, support from leadership, and all the small, but important details that make it fun! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Allegan, MI | Zebra | My amazing dad, John Cole.

  • Jheanelle White
    Area Manager, Atlanta

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Panko Chicken on a New England roll with LA Tang Slaw and Boss Sauce. Boom!

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The comfortable work atmosphere; everyone can be themselves while working towards our overall goal as a company. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Portmore, Jamaica | Giraffe | Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, and my aunt (RIP Auntie Kayon).

  • Stephen Troost
    General Manager, Lakeshore East

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Panko Chicken Powerbox with Boss Sauce.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Building and cross-training a great team to keep our guests coming! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Villa Park, IL | Golden Retriever | Rivers Cuomo, Warren Zevon, and Dave Grohl.

  • Billi Suttles
    General Manager, Roscoe Village

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    March 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Veggiebox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Seeing first-timers enjoy their food! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    St. Louis, MO (Go Cards!) | Swan | My son and my twin daughters.

  • Franklin Piazza
    General Manager, River North

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2015.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy Shrimp Tacos.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    How eager everyone is to teach others and pass on knowledge about cooking and recipes.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Octopus | Banksy, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Bourdain.

  • Ana Mendiola
    General Manager, Willis Tower

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    The Seasonal!

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The crew and eating delicious food! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Eagle | Whoever would like to come!

  • Shawanda Alexander
    General Manager, Willis Tower

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    April 2018.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Mahi-Mahi Sandwich.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    My team. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Wolf | Ellen, The Obamas, P!nk.

  • Niko Ojeda
    General Manager, Lincoln Park

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Tacos!

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    I love working with my team and recommending my favorite dish! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Orca | Justin Fields, the late Bernie Mac, Khalil Mack.

  • Donesha Fox
    General Manager, Riverside

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2017.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Our Seasonal Spicy Shrimp Gumbo from winter 2018!

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The interactions with the guests and the team! We get to be up close and personal with guests and also build a bond that brings us close as a team. I love it!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Swan (sweet and delicate, but overprotective) | Martin Luther King, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur (3 different ways to master peace!).

  • Irma Rubio
    General Manager, Hayden

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2014.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy Fish Tacos & Clam Chowdah.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Creating new menu items and perfecting recipes.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Husky | Logic, Tim Burton, and God himself.

     

  • Tori Artis
    General Manager, Colony Square

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    November 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Curry Fish Cakes Greens & Grains.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    My staff and connecting with guests!. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Denver, CO | Horse | Prince, Maya Angelou, Martha Stewart and Laura Spelman Rockefeller.

  • Dion Webb
    General Manager, Westside Provisions

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    September 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Because I'm a little extra...a Grilled Chicken sando using the lobster roll bun with sauteed pickled red onions and chipotle-tartar.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Interacting with our guests! We have so many interesting people come through our doors and I love hearing how much they love our food...not to mention I can get a quick dance move out! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Koala | Lil Uzi Vert, Seth Rogen, Monkey D. Luffy.

  • Johnny Ramirez
    #2, Randolph

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Lake Superior Whitefish Greens & Grains with a little extra lemon vinaigrette and a side of Spicy Cauliflower!

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Lots to choose from. Having a good and supportive team and having fun while we put smiles on our guests' faces by the time they walk out of the restaurant!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Warsaw, IN | A bird, any bird! | Jennifer Lopez, Tiffany Haddish, Alyssa Edwards and my best friends!

  • Jose Sanchez
    #2, Roscoe Village

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    October 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Grilled Chicken Veggiebox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The staff and the enviroment!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Providence, RI | Panther | My son.

  • Alexis Atterberry
    #2, River North

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Grilled Shrimp Salad.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Creating a strong bond with my team so our time in the restaurant is nothing but smooth sailing!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Genoa, IL | Capuchin Monkey | Alicia Keys, Angela Davis, Aristotle.

  • Adriana Wright
    #2, Lincoln Park

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    January 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Grilled Chicken Veggiebox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Finding out new things and continuing to grow with the company!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Turtle | Me and the food on the table.

  • Rose Norberg
    #2, Colony Square

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    September 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Lobster Roll.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Howe we all work together to get things done! 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Elkhart, IN | Lion | My daughter.

  • Janicia Jones
    #2, Westside Provisions

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    March 2021.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Fish & Chips.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Interacting with our amazing guests and working with my crew. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Tallahassee, FL | Elephant | People who care about me sincerely at dinner so we can party when the cocktails come out!