Board of Directors

Mothers for Democracy Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn about the team below.

Claire Campos-O’Neal

Claire Campos-O’Neal, mother to two young boys, daughter of a first generation Mexican-American, is the co-host of Go Behind the Ballot. In November of 2021, she put her name on the ballot and ran for office for the first time for House District 51. While she didn’t win the race, she learned a great deal about her community, the inner workings of local politics and the importance of putting yourself out there.

This act of courage propelled Claire to launch a podcast ‘Go Behind the Ballot’ with her co-host Nichole Abshire in August 2022. Together they strive to demystify Texas politics one issue at a time. Their show is pro-democracy, conversational and always edu-taining.

In Claire’s free time she volunteers as the President of the Del Valle Education Foundation. She is passionate about ensuring that Texas students have access to high quality public education and every opportunity to succeed in school.

Delia Parker Mims

Delia is the current chair of the Denton County Democratic Party, the 7th largest county in the State of Texas. Under her leadership, Denton County emerged as a leading county for increasing registration and getting democratic voters to the polls. Denton County was 1 of 11 out of 254 counties to increase democratic turnout in the 2022 midterm elections. Delia is a practicing attorney and has committed her efforts to providing access to justice for all persons. She is a former managing attorney for Legal Aid of North Texas. Through this entity she established self help training programs to help increase access to the justice system for persons unable to obtain legal counsel. She has taken that spirit with her in private practice and continues to volunteer within the community addressing issues such as the school to prison pipeline and affordable housing for seniors. Delia lives in Lewisville Texas with her husband and two college age children.

Diana Gómez

Diana has specialized in organizing, direct legal aid for immigrants, abortion advocacy, and political coalition building. She currently serves as the Deputy District Director for Congressman Greg Casar and previously served as the Advocacy Director at the communications non-profit Progress Texas, where she’s appeared in various media outlets such as Univision, Telemundo, NPR, the New York Times and the BBC.

She is a Fulbright scholar and a Co-Founder of “La Politica”, a group focused on increasing civic engagement among Latinas in Austin. In her “spare time” she emcee’s rallies for political issues and candidates.

Nancy Thompson

Nancy is the Latina founder of Mothers Against Greg Abbott/Mothers for Democracy. She is an activist, ad writer, producer, graphic artist, with passion for creating political messaging. Mothers Against Greg Abbott has grown into Mothers for Democracy with a common mission fighting for families and making politics accessible to everyone and what started in Texas is now a national organization. Nancy has a background in high tech marketing strategy and online design. Nancy is a mother of three kids, two boys and a girl. She volunteers for her local community and the PTAs at her kids’ schools. She served as Girl Scout Director for three years and supported Austin ISD school Arts programs as well as Paramount Theatre and Zach Scott Theatre art programs for children. Her favorite three words are “Let’s Do It!” which encompass her attitude of getting good works done for all.

Nichole Abshire

Nichole Abshire has had a long and winding career journey. She spent 10 years as an elementary school teacher and then left to spend more time at home with her kids. Once home, she returned to her creative outlets and began writing and acting. She has acted in commercial and theatrical projects, written screenplays and a novel.

Nichole is a 6th generation Texan and daughter of an immigrant. This cultural collision has made Nichole endlessly curious about the world. She brings that curiosity plus a healthy skepticism to politics. She comes from a family of educators and still believes in the power of education to make meaningful change. Through this work, she has discovered an unwavering belief in democracy and is beyond grateful to have this organization to work actively towards its preservation.

Robert Garcia

Bio coming soon

Scott White

Scott retired from Accenture in 2022 after 32 years of serving the company. As a Managing Director in Accenture’s North American SAP business, Scott was the lead Solution Architect responsible for developing proposals across multiple clients. Most of his SAP experience has been in delivering solutions for multinational corporations.

Currently, Scott provides Consulting Services on a part-time basis to CEOs and CIOs looking to improve the performance of their organizations. Now enjoying retirement, Scott continues to stay connected to the every-evolving world of technology keeping up to date with the latest trends and advancements.

He also dedicates his time to promoting positive social and political causes within the State of Texas.