Nell launched Newman’s Own Organics in 1993 with business partner Peter Meehan. Nell is the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and grew up in a Connecticut home with a deep connection to natural, homegrown foods. After attending college in Maine, she moved to the coast of Northern California, working for the Ventana Wilderness Society and later for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. A long-time advocate of organic foods and sustainable agriculture, she convinced her father to establish an organic division of Newman’s Own. Based in Santa Cruz county, it became a separate company in 2000.
As a resident of Capitola, Nell also developed a keen interest in the sport of surfing, and is often seen streaking across glassy walls at nearby Pleasure Point. Her continuing support for Save The Waves Coalition and other ocean conservation organizations has made an enormous impact on marine conservation efforts worldwide. Her kind spirit and limitless surf-stoke has provided inspiration for us all.