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. Most recently she has served as Commissioner and a three-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, Tena 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. 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.
Tena 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 Florida Supreme Court's Florida Innocence Commission, the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and the Self-Inflicted Crimes Task Force.
Tena 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.