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Biography of Tina M. Stanford, Esq.

Chairwoman, Board of Parole

Tina M. Stanford, Esq., was appointed Chairwoman of the Parole Board 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 of Parole 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 in meeting its threefold mission of providing victim compensation, funding local service providers and advocating for victim rights and assistance. She had been Chairwoman of the former Crime Victims Board (CVB) between June 2007 and June 2010.

A native of Buffalo, Ms. Stanford graduated from Nardin Academy and served as a member of its Board of Trustees. She also served on the Bar Foundation of Erie County and on other community boards. Ms. Stanford 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.

Ms. 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 legal career she has worked with thousands who have been harmed, accused and convicted seeking 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. Ms. Stanford is currently an Ex-Officio Member of the Permanent Commission on Sentencing.