Mindy Tarlow is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a New York-based nonprofit corporation that provides employment services to men and women with criminal convictions in New York, and beginning in 2011, in Oklahoma and California. CEO was created by the Vera Institute of Justice in the late 1970s and has been operating as an independent corporation since 1996. Ms. Tarlow began her association with CEO as a Program Director at the Vera Institute of Justice in 1994, where she managed the successful spin off of CEO from Vera. Prior to joining CEO, Ms. Tarlow spent close to ten years at the New York City Office of Management and Budget where she rose from Senior Analyst in 1984 to Deputy Director in 1992. Ms. Tarlow guided many criminal justice projects during her tenure in government including co-authoring the Mayor’s Safe Streets, Safe City Omnibus Criminal Justice Program.

Ms. Tarlow is on the executive committee of the National Transitional Jobs Network and the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, and served on Mayor Bloomberg's Commission for Economic Opportunity. Most recently, Ms. Tarlow was named Chair of Governor Cuomo's Work for Success Committee, a statewide task force devoted to meeting the employment needs of formerly incarcerated people. Ms. Tarlow is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.