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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
    Chief Strategy Officer

    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 at the cash register during lunch. 

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

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

  • Chrissie Artioli
    Area Manager

    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.

  • Leroy Bruno
    Area Manager

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2020.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    My own creation: Grilled Shrimp Tacos, with carrots, cabbage and banana peppers added on.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The Brown Bag culture.

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

    Atlanta, GA | Eagle | My grandma.

  • Jess Dietrich
    Talent Development Coordinator

    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.

  • Melissa Powell
    Catering Sales Coordinator

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2018.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Salad with garlic bread.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Honestly, talking about Brown Bag! It surprises me when I meet someone who hasn't come by one of our locations! Our food is absolutely delicious, sustainable and delightfully tasty!

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

    Port Jarvis, NY | Butterfly | My sisters and my dad.

  • Dan Traynor
    General Manager

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    January 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Tacos with ginger aioli.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Working with great people. 

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

    Chicago, IL | Elephant | Julia Childs, Michael Pollan, Jon Stewart.

  • Kath Cole
    General Manager, Randolph

    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.

  • Fresh Coates
    General Manager, Revival

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    February 2015.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Chowder Tots, Buffalo Shrimp Roll, and a few of my own inventions (like the Fried Potato Halibut Sandwich!)

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Opportunity. When you have an opinion and voice it, it is listened to and action is taken!

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

    Detroit, MI | Turtle | Steve Jobs, Biggie Smalls, Tony Goldman, Michelangelo, Franklin Piazza.

  • Sarah Victor
    General Manager, Roscoe

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    October 2017.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy Cod Tacos

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The staff!

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

    Lansing, IL | Sea Otter | Mom, Dad, Brother.

  • Shawanda Alexander
    General Manager, River North

    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.

  • 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!).

  • Jheanelle White
    General Manager, Willis

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Cornflake 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).

  • 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.

     

  • Franklin Piazza
    #2, Randolph

    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.

  • Maggie Arndt
    #2, Roscoe

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Grilled Shrimp Veggiebox with extra lemon vinaigrette.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Food makes people happy and being part of that experience for so many guests is rewarding!

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

    Ovid, MI | Tardigrade | Douglas Adams, George Carlin, Richard Feynman.

  • Jojo Dixon
    #2, River North

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    May 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Greens & Grains with the 3 crispy shrimp add-on.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Making guest connections and working as a team to achieve a common goal.

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

    Chicago, IL | Octopus | Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, Nicki Minaj.

  • Markeia Brown
    #2, Willis

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    September 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Grilled Chicken Sandwich, with just herb sauce and Parmesan.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Grilling - it just comes naturally to me. I like to see the satisfaction on guests' faces when they look at their food and see it was cooked with love. 

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

    Jackson, MS | Tiger | Beyonce, Aaliyah, Bob Marley.

  • Khalil Jenkins
    #2, Hayden

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    March 2019.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Cornflake Chicken Sandwich with fries.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    How every day is different! 

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

    Chicago, IL | Aardvark | Barack Obama, Drake, Outkast.