Ron Shaich is a businessman and center-left political activist best known as the former chairman and CEO of restaurant chain Panera Bread. Shaich is a co-founder of the metropolitan liberal-centrist advocacy group No Labels and sits on the board of electoral advocacy group Unite America.
Shaich is the founder, and former chairman and CEO of Panera Bread. Shaich later became the managing partner of Act III Holdings, a $300 million private investment fund, which invests in restaurants and other consumer companies that promote “long-term value creation.” 
Shaich is a co-founder of No Labels,  a political organization that promotes bipartisanship in politics. The organization claims to come up with “practical solutions” to issues like health care, climate change, immigration, among others. 
Shaich made donations to several 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, including those of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA). 
Shaich made donations to the Democratic presidential campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama. In 2012, Shaich donated $35,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, as well as $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).