Commissioner Tena M. Pate Plenary Speaker

A relentless pursuit of knowledge, an unmitigated commitment to making sound public safety decisions, and a servant leadership style have been the career hallmarks for Tena M. Pate, Commissioner and third-term Chair of the Florida Commission on Offender Review (FCOR).

Serving the State of Florida and the public safety community for more than 30 years, Commissioner Pate has leveraged her extensive knowledge of the pre/post conviction and prison release process to propel the Commission forward in becoming a recognized model for parole and supervision release processes and policies across the globe. Pate is also an ardent advocate for citizens who have fallen prey to crime and has played a key role in the extensive enhancement and awareness of Florida’s crime victims’ rights.

Commissioner Pate has served in four of Florida’s gubernatorial administrations including Martinez, Chiles, MacKay and Bush and received confirmation by the Florida Senate following her appointments to the Commission by Governors Bush, Crist, Scott, and the Florida Cabinet. Pate has also been tapped for numerous positions on national and statewide public safety boards and task forces including the National Institute of Corrections National Experts Panel on Victims Services in the Post Conviction Process, Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Innocence Commission, the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and the Self-Inflicted Crimes Task Force.

Commissioner Pate is the current vice president of the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) and immediate past-chair of the Association’s crime victims committee.  She is the recipient of APAI’s 2013 Vincent O’Leary Award, the 2011 statewide Distinguished Service Award in Criminal Justice by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, the 2014 Gift of Wisdom Award by the Women4FSU, and a 2015 recipient of Florida State University’s School of Criminology Distinguished Alumni Award. Pate was named as one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know and currently serves as president of Club 25, an organization comprised of fellow designees focused on community improvement efforts. She is also a graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tallahassee and the Florida Criminal Justice Chief Executive Seminar.

By maintaining a keen focus on the safety of the state’s citizens and visitors, Tena M. Pate has left an indelible mark on the landscape of criminal justice administration and victims’ rights in Florida.

Commissioner Pate holds various accolades, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award in Criminal Justice from the FCCD- Chapter Two and the Statewide Criminal Justice Award for Distinguished Service. In 2013, she was selected by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know in the community, where she serves on the Club 25 Executive Board as president for the 2014-15 term.  She was also recognized as one of the top 100 leaders for the 2013 John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. In 2014, Commissioner Pate was the recipient of the Gift of Wisdom Award presented by the Women for Florida State University Foundation and also received the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) Vincent O’Leary Award for her significant contributions to APAI as the Victim’s Committee Chairman and her demonstration of vision, leadership and commitment to the field of parole.

Commissioner Pate began her service on the Commission in mid-2003.  She has been subsequently reappointed by Governors Bush, Crist and Scott and the Florida Cabinet.  She is currently serving her third two-year term as Chair, and her term as a Commissioner expires June 30, 2016.