Elizabeth Cronin

Elizabeth Cronin

Director, New York State Office of Victim Services 

Elizabeth Cronin is Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services, an executive level agency devoted to supporting compensation to victims of crime, funding victim assistance services providers, and advocating on behalf of victims and survivors through training, education, and legislation. She was appointed by the Governor to this position in 2013, building on her work as a Special Victims Prosecutor in the Westchester County (NY) District Attorneys’ Office where she specialized in the prosecution of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and sex crimes. She also handled all levels of felonies, including homicide. Ms. Cronin’s work required extensive public speaking for many organizations, including police academies and departments, colleges and universities, victim assistance providers, and hospitals, among others.

To broaden her work as a prosecutor, Ms. Cronin began serving as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Pace University, teaching classes to graduate and undergraduate students in domestic violence, collection and use of evidence at trial, law enforcement ethics, and criminal justice. To enhance her work with the students and young attorneys at the Court, Ms Cronin also earned two certificates in life and career coaching. She additionally served on a number of boards for nonprofit organizations in her community and nationally.

Prior to joining the Office of Victim Services, Ms. Cronin was the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she oversaw legal work and mediation on behalf of the Court. Ms. Cronin also served as a judicial law clerk in the Connecticut courts and was an associate attorney for a law firm before joining the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and finding her passion. Before that, she earned a B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University and a JD from Pace University School of Law.

In her current position as Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services, Ms. Cronin serves as the Office’s representative on numerous committees and task forces. In addition, she is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences including the National Assessment Centers, National Association of Attorneys General, National Training Institute of National Crime Victim Center, National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys, New York State Sheriff’s Institute, National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, New York State Anti-Bias Unity Summit, and Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, among many others.