Nima was born in India and came to the U.S. in 1986 to go to college. She received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a Masters from NYU – both in Computer Science. Nima has lived in Austin since 1993, working in the Tech Industry. She currently is an IT Director with a leading Tech company.
Nima is a newbie in the political crusading arena, even though politics and its impact have always been of interest to her. She firmly believes that the issues that impacted her generation are still felt by women today. Seeing the eroding of rights that were taken for granted has spurred her to become actively involved in issues impacting women.
In addition to her career, being a wife, mother, and grandmother keeps her busy. To unwind, she enjoys traveling, cooking and DIY projects.
“For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women
do not only have the right to vote and to elect, but to be elected.”
—Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, former president and defense minister of Chile
Elaina Fowler has experience in political organizations and union organizing spanning over 20 years. Currently, she serves as Executive Director for AFSCME Texas Retirees, mobilizing over 6000 members statewide to protect pensions and securing retirements for public service employees. Under her leadership, she secured the vitality of the Texas ERS pension plan for future annuitants by saving $2.9billion dollars of unfunded liability from being added to the funds debt. Prior to her current position, Elaina served as Chief of Staff to State Representative Helen Giddings (D)-Dallas.
From her introduction into politics as participant at Alabama Girls State, in high school, she realized that more women need to be elected to office and to have a voice at the table. Realizing this need, Elaina continued to focus on women in politics, becoming the President of the National Organization for Women in college. Furthering her interest, she continues to stand for the advancement of women and young girls in politics and civic involvement through her active leadership in the Junior League of Austin and board member of the Girl Empowerment Network.