Karmel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she emphasized her studies on socially engaged art. While at SAIC, Karmel became the president of her student group, Students for Justice in Palestine, and led them in becoming the most active group on campus by hosting a series of monthly panel discussions.
As a child of migrant parents, her socially engaged path came as the result of making room for her own nuanced cultural narratives. Creating these spaces inevitably crossed over with the intersectional concerns of many other rich communities, leading to bountiful connections and collaborations. At LeadMN, Karmel uses her leadership skills to empower students to realize their full potential.
Karmel is also the director and founder of a Minneapolis based organization, Dear Gaza, which strives to foster international solidarity of Palestinians through community art events. In a time when islamophobia and xenophobia are high, Karmel turns to artistic collaboration and cultural celebration as a means of resistance.
Outside of the office Karmel enjoys creating artwork and DJing parties. She spends her spare time with her many cousins taking long walks around the lake and trying out new restaurants. She dreams of retiring on a goat farm in Chile.