Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Tiana received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2004 and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008. Tiana serves as a Division Chief in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. In this role, Tiana supervises and directs the work of multiple court teams, including attorneys, investigators, and support staff, and focuses on the support, education, training, and development of prosecutors. Tiana is in her 15th year of prosecution. She has handled a variety of crimes against persons and property and fraud, including cases of public corruption, police misconduct, cruelty to animals, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. She has advised law enforcement during investigations, handled the charging and trial of these cases, and worked with community members to better serve crime victims. Her commitment to effective prosecution goes beyond her work in Montgomery County as Ms. Sanford has served as a special prosecutor in multiple Texas counties.
In addition to her traditional prosecutorial duties, Tiana has been given the opportunity to apply her passion to nontraditional prosecutorial roles, including serving as a Legislative Liaison and Community Liaison. In these roles, Tiana has worked with all stakeholders to develop legislation that gives communities the tools to combat these crimes and support survivors.
Tiana is an active member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, where she currently serves as a member of the Diversity Recruitment and Retention Committee and has previously represented Assistant Prosecutors as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Training Committee Chair. She also serves on the Criminal Pattern Jury Charge Committee for the State Bar of Texas and as a member of a Prosecutor’s Working Group on the Governor’s Sexual Assault Survivors Task Force.
Tiana believes everyone is responsible for using their gifts to influence their environment for the better. Outside of criminal law, she places her energy into endeavors that encourage and inspire people to identify their unique talents, reach their full potential and use their influence. When she is not training attorneys across Texas, you can find her volunteering or speaking to various organizations on topics ranging from leadership and diversity to civic engagement.
Tiana is energized when organizing with others and seeks the opportunity to build community wherever she goes. She believes our unique perspectives are invaluable, and transforming our environments depends on authentic individuals who can confidently take their seats at the table and contribute.