Representative Derek Stanford earned a PhD in Statistics at the University of Washington, following an MS in Mathematics at Claremont Graduate University and a BS in Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.
Currently, Rep. Stanford runs a small business specializing in analytics solutions and statistical consulting. Previously, he has served as Director of Analytics at companies specializing in fraud detection and customer insights. He has also worked as a research scientist at a software company, where he served as Principal Investigator on a research project for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
Rep. Stanford is the chair of the Commerce & Gaming Committee. Additionally, Rep. Stanford serves on the Appropriations Committee and Consumer Protection & Business Committee. He is also Chair of the Washington State Caseload Forecast Council and Vice-Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. He is a former member of the Community Economic Redevelopment Board and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.