My name is Franca Kaloko-Jalloh and I am running for Greensboro City Council At-Large.
I am the Founder and Executive Director of Jalloh’s Upright Services of North Carolina (JUS-NC), an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that serves low-income immigrants and refugees. With over 15 years of immigration legal experience as a Department of Justice Accredited Representative, I have used my skills and expertise to liaise with, advocate for, and equip immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to become productive and self-sufficient members of society.
I have been recognized and accredited 6 times over by the U.S Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals and I was the first female Chair of the City of Greensboro’s International Advisory Committee (IAC). Additionally, having been appointed by the Mayor and City Council, I currently perform duties as a City Commissioner with Greensboro’s Criminal Justice Advisory Commission (GC-JAC). I also serve as a Board member of the City of Greensboro’s Police Community Review Board (PCRB).
Recently, I was appointed to serve on Greensboro's Ad-Hoc Committee for Disparity Studies, WorkForce Development Committee. I am a graduate of Greensboro's City Academy as well Greensboro's Police Citizens Academy. I’m committed to making all of Greensboro more viable, and to serve as a voice for our vulnerable and underserved communities.
As a proud founding members of the Women of Africa Leadership Coalition (WALC), I enjoy the fruitful work of creating networks for valued leaders of immigrant descent in the City of Greensboro. I serve as an esteemed Board Member of Guilford County's Nurse-Family Partnership Program and founded the prestigious 'Women In Our Community' (WIOC), an international women's group in Greensboro, NC to which I have been elected as President.
Most recently, I founded the International Taste of the World Gala, held annually to help raise funds for the various projects that JUS-NC engages in throughout the year. The event is consistently well attended, as it brings together the beautiful diversity that exists in Greensboro. I created the International Taste of the World Gala with the intention of honoring those that make a significant difference in the Greensboro community. With the aim of uniting the brilliant array of racial, religious and ethnic groups found in Guilford County, this event is a celebration of the mission of Jalloh's Upright Services – projecting the overall good name of immigrants in the State of North Carolina!
In 2020, because of professional & civic contributions, I was recognized publicly as one of the 40 Under Forty Most Influential African Americans in North Carolina’s Triad area, the only naturalized American citizen born on African soil to ever receive this award so far. I am a graduate of Manhattan College in New York and have been admitted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to pursue the higher education I need to be a powerful advocate for all the people of Greensboro, North Carolina.
The City of Greensboro is my home, where I have raised a family I am proud of. Running for City Council is my contribution to the ways in which we must improve our city, our state, and this great country. My platforms are drawn from my personal values and I value each of you and your trust in me as a City Council member in Greensboro.