Honorable Dr. Teta V. Banks (Ex Officio)
The Honorable Dr. Teta V. Banks is a diplomat, human rights advocate, and educator. Originally from Liberia, she grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late Dr. Victoria Banks and Rev. Dr. A.A. Banks, Jr. civil rights colleagues of Dr.M.L. King,Jr., Mrs. Rosa Parks, and U.N. diplomat Ralph Bunche. She holds the position as Member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of UNAs, representing 96 countries, and immediate past National Chair of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Dr. Banks was a delegate to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Session on Human Trafficking, and accompanied Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on a refugee assistance project. She is a past President and Board member of UNA-Houston. Consul Banks has served as Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, President of the Consular Corps of Philadelphia, Executive Director of the King Association under the direction of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, consultant to Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in several countries, national and international agencies, and higher educational institutions. She is a member of The Links, Inc., past Chair of International Trends and Services, and an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She attended Wellesley College, Howard University, Wayne State University and Oxford University. She also holds certifications in the Sustainable Development Goals from University of Copenhagen, and certification in Global Diplomacy from University of London.