Jade Ashley Colin is the youngest Black woman to operate a McDonald’s restaurant, having started working for the Fortune 500 company while still in high school.
Colin, a native of New Orleans, grew up as the daughter of McDonald’s franchise owners, so he was familiar with the brand.
“Colin began her career with the Golden Arches while attending the University of Louisiana,” says Black Business.
She became a manager of the family franchise after graduating with a degree in business management and finishing McDonald’s Next Generation training program in 2012. Colin made history in 2016 when she became the company’s youngest Black woman franchise owner at the age of 26.
“My business is truly a blessing,” Colin tells The Black Professional. “It was never something I would have ever thought I would be doing.”
Colin is growing her business and serving her community four years after having her own franchise. She supports local groups, gives work chances for Black people, and has fed first responders and medical personnel throughout the pandemic.
In an Afrotech report, Colin says, “As an African American community, we need more men and women to know that it’s not just about right now, but it’s about the generations to come.”