MEET OUR TRIBE
BROWN GIRL jane is owned and founded by women of color, and was created especially to resonate with women of color.
We are women who are proven leaders in business and philanthropy, and have each built our reputations in our respective fields through an unwavering commitment to the advancement of disenfranchised and underrepresented communities.
We are bonded both through friendship, family, AND our collective appreciation for the energy shifting power of CBD. The combination of our professional expertise and personal backgrounds makes us deeply committed to the quality of our products and to the inclusivity within the overall business industry.
I started BROWN GIRL jane after falling in love with the healing power of plants and CBD, but never finding products that resonated with me or other women like me. After suffering spinal nerve damage during the birth of my third child (yep, ouch), I began experimenting with holistic alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical medicine and discovered Cannabidiol.
BROWN GIRL jane is the result of this research and passion, and I cannot wait to share the same energy shifting benefits I've experienced with my sisters.
As a mother, wife, and entrepreneur, I know firsthand the physical and mental effects of juggling many balls in the air. Our collection is designed to address the same stress, anxiety and physical discomfort that I've encountered in my busy life....naturally.
- malaika jones kebede, FOUNDER
Malaika spent many years as an investment banker and trader. She graduated from Spelman College and completed the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School. After her youngest child was born she left Wall Street and started her own consulting firm in Washington, D.C., primarily working alongside minority-owned businesses. She has been a driving force in getting companies excited about what could be and then finding ways to make it a reality.
Our CBD line has felt like a deep breath on the days I need it most. I'm a busy mama living in New York City, I am all too familiar with the city (and particularly the kiddos in my apartment) that never sleeps. Our collection has become a staple in my daily routine, and a helpful addition to making me feel more balanced and present.
As a mother of 2 wonderful and BUSY young sons, I frequently found myself obsessing over every single ingredient they would ingest or touch (sorry, boys). While CBD has taken the edge off, I applied that same level of dedication and micro-focus to ensuring the purity and quality of our BROWN GIRL jane collection.
My background as a director in philanthropy has also made me especially cognizant of the inequalities within the hemp industry overall, and I'm committed to changing the face of its beneficiaries and leaders while also working to make it much more accessible to people of color.
nia jones alugbin, CO-FOUNDER
Nia spent most of her career as a leader in Philanthropic Management and Diversity- shaping the direction and enacting change through institutional policies and capital support. She graduated from Spelman College and recieved a Masters degree from New York University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons.