President, SW Human Development Services
Austin, TX

Blake Stanford, CMP

Partnerships Chair, Conference, Scholarship

Hayden Blake Stanford was born in Midland, Texas in 1959. He spent part of his childhood in Mexico and Nicaragua, and graduated with honors from Robert E. Lee High School, Midland, TX in 1977. A 1981 graduate of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences, Political Science and Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Mr. Stanford also attended the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Stanford's early public service has included short stints at the Texas House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of State's Agency for International Development, Agricultural Office, Khartoum, Sudan, and the Food Services Division, Texas Department of Human Services, Austin, Texas.

Mr. Stanford is the Founder and President/Chairman of the Board of Southwest Human Development Services, Inc. a private, non-profit agency and sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program since 1985. Mr. Stanford has served as President of the Texas CACFP Sponsors' Association, was a founder of the Southwest Region CACFP Sponsors' Association, and served as the President, Treasurer and a Board Member for The National CACFP Sponsors' Association (NCA), a national association of CACFP Sponsors. Mr. Stanford currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Shade Project, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer.

Mr. Stanford resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Kristi and daughter Kate and son Mitchell.