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Biography of Tina M. Stanford, Esq.

Chairwoman, Board of Parole

In 2013, Tina M. Stanford, Esq., was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and confirmed by the New York State Senate, to become Chairwoman of the New York State Board of Parole.

A native of Buffalo, Chairwoman Stanford served on the Bar Foundation of Erie County and on other community boards. She graduated from Fordham University’s Honors Program, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she later taught Trial Technique. She is admitted to practice law in New York and in the United States Western District Court.

During her career, Chairwoman Stanford has worked with thousands of people who have been harmed, accused, and convicted, who seek justice and restoration. She was an Erie County Assistant District Attorney for fourteen years. While there, she handled thousands of cases in the city court, grand jury, domestic violence, sexual assault, felony trial and appeals bureaus.

Prior to being appointed Chairwoman of the Board of Parole, she was Chairwoman of the New York State Crime Victims Board, and then, its Director, after the agency was reorganized and renamed the Office of Victim Services. Under both titles, she lead the agency in assisting thousands of crime victims or their family members, and funding hundreds of crime victim advocate positions throughout New York.

Chairwoman Stanford has also served on the Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking, the Disaster Preparedness Commission, the Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and on two Sentencing Commissions.