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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 and she received full 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 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 between January 2004 and May 2007. She was 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 career she has worked on behalf of thousands seeking safety, justice and healing.  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 continues to be a member of the Permanent Commission on Sentencing.