State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Top Management Appointment

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has appointed a new Chief of Staff in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Garvin G. Ambrose, 36, a former Victim Advocate and Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, takes over the position of Chief of Staff immediately.  In his new role, Ambrose will manage training, technology and grant initiatives, community outreach, and coordination of the State’s Attorney’s legislative agenda in Springfield.  He will also manage intergovernmental affairs and serve as a liaison to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

“I am pleased to welcome Garvin Ambrose to this important position on my senior management team,” said Alvarez.  “Garvin has a tremendous ability to foster collaborative relationships and he has a keen understanding of the day-to-day operations of this office.  His work as a legal victim advocate also brings a special set of skills that are crucial to the duties that our Assistant State’s Attorneys perform on a daily basis.”

Ambrose most recently served in the cabinet of Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy where he worked as the State Victim Advocate for the entire state of Connecticut.  In that position he was instrumental in the creation of the Governor’s Victims’ Rights Enforcement Advisory Commission and for increasing awareness to crime victims’ rights through legislation, collaboration, public outreach and education.  He was the first African American to hold this key position.

Prior to his work in Connecticut, Ambrose served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, working as the Supervisor of Legislative Unit, where he managed the legislative agenda for the State’s Attorney’s Office.  In that role he assisted in the passage of more than 30 new public safety laws,  including measures to aid in the protection of victims, domestic violence, gun crimes, human trafficking and financial crimes.

Ambrose began his legal career with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in 2005 and handled cases in the Child Support and Juvenile Justice Bureaus before joining the Legislative Unit in 2009.

Ambrose is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University (B.S., 2001) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 2005).  He and his wife reside in Chicago.