Dr.Teta Banks, Former Honorary Consul of Liberia in Philadelphia
Dr. Teta Banks was first appointed in 1993, as Honorary Consul of Liberia in Philadelphia.
She was retained by the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the first woman to serve as head of state on the continent of Africa.
Consul Banks represents the Liberian government and assists in the rebuilding of the war-torn nation, addressing human rights issues throughout African countries, and the establishment of trade, resources, and cultural relations between the U.S. and Liberia, as well as other African countries.
major concerns involve rebuilding hospitals and schools, placement of refugees, retraining "toy" soldiers, providing conflict resolution to warring factions, and working closely with the United Nations, international governments, and community groups to address human rights issues.
She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the first of its kind to operate throughout the Diaspora), the Liberian Scholarship Fund, as well as the international investors' forum to assist Liberia in its re-development.
Dr. Banks currently serves as the President of the United Association of Houston.