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Biography of Tina M. Stanford, Esq.

Chairwoman, Board of Parole

Tina M. Stanford, Esq., was appointed Chairwoman of the Board of Parole by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo after receiving Senate confirmation for a six year term through February 6, 2019. Prior to her appointment to the Board, she served a three year term as Director of the NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS). As Director she led the activities of the agency. She had been Chairwoman of the Crime Victims Board between June 2007 and June 2010 before it became OVS.

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.

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

She has served on the New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council, Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking, Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee and Disaster Preparedness Commission. Chairwoman Stanford is currently a Member of the Permanent Commission on Sentencing.