Meet Our Leadership

The Travis County Democratic Party leadership includes an elected Chairperson as well as a full time staff. These positions help organize elected Precinct Chairs, volunteers, and contract personnel.

Vincent Harding

Party Chair
Vincent Harding is a community servant who is passionate about improving the lives of others. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and is a local attorney in Travis County. During 2012, Vincent volunteered with the coordinated campaign, Obama For America, and coordinated the Black Austin Democrats 2012 Election Outreach Campaign. He also had the honor of serving as a 2012 National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and traveled to the White House for a working meeting on the fiscal cliff. Vincent is married to his law school sweetheart, Meagan, also a local attorney.

Carisa Lopez

Executive Director
Carisa got her start in community activism while in college with the Texas Freedom Network where she organized and registered students to vote. She still serves on the Texas Freedom Network’s Board of Directors. Immediately after graduating she went to work at the Texas Democratic Party where she assisted statewide candidates and was a part of the TDP’s fundraising and events team. She then went on to work for the Texas State Employees Union during the 2015 legislative session where she organized union members and lobbied the legislature. Carisa grew up in Garland, TX, just outside Dallas. She graduated from U.T. in 2013 with a B.A. in Government.

Cynthia Flint

Operations Manager
Cindy has served as the Director of the Travis County Democratic Primary in 2010, a Legislative Organizer with Texas AFT in 2011, and Director of the Primary and Convention for the Texas Democratic Party in 2012. She hails from the Chicagoland area and attended Lake Forest College and Northwestern University. Her diverse career includes stints as a broker at the Chicago Board of Trade (gold and silver in the late ’70s), event planning and production (including the Chicago Blues Festival in the ’80s), and interior design and space planner in California. She is the proud mother of two children and one dog.

Michael Benbow

Communications Manager
Michael grew up in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Austin in 2006. He attended the University of Texas, receiving his B.A. in Biology in 2010. He is currently in his final year of graduate studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Michael comes to TCDP by way of the Kirk Watson Campaign Academy. Always a supporter of TCDP, Sen. Watson gave him his first views into the world of politics, and he hasn’t looked back since. A passionate advocate of LGBTQ and minority voices, Michael has a decade-long history working with young people to promote the inclusion of all people in civic engagement. Michael wants to make the Democratic Party in Texas stronger, Texas bluer, and our communities better.