Farzana Jalali was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1951. She grew up in Karachi and lived there until 1975, when she moved to Saudi Arabia. In 1979, she moved to Miami, Florida, and in 1983, she moved to a suburb near Houston, Texas. She has held various jobs since coming to the United States, including a lengthy period of owning and operating a Pakistani restaurant. She also enjoys volunteering, and is involved with the Islamic Circle of North America, as well as an Interfaith Society, among other organizations. She has five children—four of whom were born in Pakistan, and one who was born in Miami—as well as many grandchildren. She is now retired and lives with her husband in Sugar Land, TX.