Tina M. Stanford
Tina M. Stanford, Esq., was appointed to serve a three year term as Director on June 23, 2010. She had been Chairwoman of the Crime Victims Board (CVB) since June 2007. As Director she leads the activities of the agency in meeting its threefold mission. Her primary office is in Albany.
A native of Buffalo, Director 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 including the boards of the Buffalo City Ballet and Young Audiences of Western New York, Inc. In her capacity as head of the CVB, now known as the Office of Victim Services (OVS), she has served on the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform, and, as Director, serves on the New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Violence Against Women Act Advisory Committee.
Director 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. She taught Trial Technique at the law school between January 2004 and May 2007. She is admitted to practice law in New York and in the United States Western District Court.
Director Stanford uses information, compensation and advocacy to empower victims. As an Erie County Assistant District Attorney for fourteen years, she worked in the Buffalo City Court, grand jury, domestic violence/sexual assault, felony trial and appeals bureaus. As a trial prosecutor, she worked directly with thousands of crime victims and their family members seeking justice for crimes ranging from theft to murder.