He grew up in New York, studied at Duke University and moved to Teton County in 1992. He lives in east Jackson with his fiancée, Abbie, and their dog, Camille.
In summer he works as a boatman for Barker-Ewing Scenic Trips in Grand Teton National Park. This is his 17th year of guiding on the Snake River. He also is a freelance writer, photographer and editor.
Prior to being elected, he worked for eight-plus years on the staff of the Jackson Hole News / News&Guide, where he held a variety of reporting and editing posts. He is the former editor of Jackson Hole magazine and winner of three dozen press awards.
Stanford was active in Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts in 2006 and ’08 and served as a state delegate for Barack Obama in 2008. He often is remembered as “guy with a Mets sign” exercising his right to free speech alongside protesters on the Town Square in 2012.
He has organized several community fund-raisers, including a benefit following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a screening of Michael Franti’s anti-war movie I Know I’m Not Alone in 2008. In 2007, he was one of the organizers of the Jackson Peace Rally that drew more than 400 people in opposition to the Iraq War.
Stanford published the blog JH Underground. As a freelance writer, he did a lot of work for community nonprofits, including the Snake River Fund. He volunteered as a little league baseball coach in 2005 and ’07 and is a three-time president of the Arbor Place HOA.
In his early days in Jackson Hole, he was a photographer at the Jackson Hole Ski Area, cook at Billy’s Burgers and substitute teacher for Teton County School District, among other odd jobs.