Tanya and her husband Steve Bamford are long-time residents of Montgomery Township, where they have raised their two teenage sons, Nicholas and Jacob, and their 9-year-old rescue pup, Buzz. Nicholas is a freshman attending Montgomery County Community College and Jacob is a senior at North Penn High School, planning to attend West Virginia University in the fall.
Tanya Bamford was sworn-in to serve on the Montgomery Township Board of Supervisors in 2018 and served as Chairwoman of the Board for three consecutive years, from 2020 through 2022. In the history of the Township, Tanya was the second woman and first Democrat ever elected to serve on the Board, and became the first Democrat to serve as Chair.
Government and politics have always been a passion of Tanya's, who earned her B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia University. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Tanya realized it was time to channel this passion, lean into the strong network she'd built volunteering throughout the community for over a decade, and run for local office herself:
“In the wake of the 2016 election, I felt moved to get more involved in our local government. As I researched opportunities and spoke with leaders throughout the community, it became evident that the Montgomery Township Board of Supervisors was where there was both a need and a solid fit for my background and experience.”
In her leadership role on the Board of Supervisors, Tanya strives to be a voice for every citizen of the municipality: “One of my proudest accomplishments to date has been passing an ordinance establishing a Human Relations Commission to ensures that the rights of all people residing, working, or recreating within the township are protected, regardless of their race, age, religion, gender, or gender expression.”
Other points of pride during Tanya’s tenure on the Board of Supervisors include:
Provided effective financial oversight, ensured Township maintained its AAA bond rating, and increased visibility into Township finances with publication of the first PAFR report
Facilitated the Township’s first virtual Town Halls on critical issues, including COVID-19 and Use of Force & Police Training Policies for the MTPD
Implemented Healthy Lungs at Play Program banning smoking and vaping at township parks
Improved pedestrian access and safety with new sidewalks and crosswalks
Improved accessibility to meetings with the upgrade of the AV equipment to enable meetings to be live-streamed online with real time closed-captioning
Expanded Township communications with robust social media outreach to make vital information more accessible to constituents
Upgraded the Township’s GIS system to create efficiencies for both staff and the community in accessing geographic-based data for the Township
Hired first woman to serve as Township Manager
Enhanced citizen engagement by standardizing the volunteer board and commission bylaws, formalizing the role of the Board liaison, and recruiting new members to these volunteer positions
Beyond her service to the Township, Tanya currently serves on the Foundation Board for the Montgomery County Community College and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County and the Hispanic American Organization. In 2010, Tanya was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award in recognition of her work as owner of TCB Marketing LLC. Since closing that business, Tanya has been employed as Managing Director for R/A Marketing, a specialty marketing firm helping home remodeling companies across North America. She is a sought after speaker, regularly delivering marketing workshops at remodeling industry conferences and appearing as a podcast guest.
Within the Democratic Party, Tanya has distinguished herself for her dedication and fundraising prowess. She represents Ward 6 on the Montgomery Township Democratic Committee, actively volunteers for the North Penn Democratic Committee, and serves as a fundraising event chair for the Montgomery County Democratic Committee. In 2022, she was elected to serve as a Delegate for Montgomery County on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.