Oct. 22, 2021

 

Carmel Viado attended New Leadership in 2012 and then returned to serve as a Resident-in-Faculty for the 2015 program. Now, we congratulate her on her most recent accomplishment. Carmel has been appointed as Board President of the League of Women Voters here in Southern Nevada!  The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago in 1920, just six months before the 19th amendment was ratified and women won the vote. Carmel Viado states, "I am so excited and proud to be part of the founders' work in nonpartisan voter education and outreach. I'm looking forward to working with the new board to develop our strategic plan and implementing systems to ensure that the LWVSN continues for least another 100 years."

One of Carmel’s core values is giving back to the community. After participating in New Leadership in 2012, Carmel went into volunteer work. In 2017, Carmel joined the League of Women Voters. In June 2020, as co-chair of the Voter Re-enfranchisement Committee, she was appointed to the LWVSN Board of Trustees. Following the resignation of the LWVSN president in January 2021, Carmel volunteered to fill in the remainder of her term to avoid disbanding the LWVSN.

Having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History, Business, and English then, a year later completing her graduate certificate in Public Administration from UNLV, Carmel also chaired for the Junior League of Las Vegas, the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., where she was recognized as one of the three ‘Provisionals of the Year’ in 2015. There, she led a committee of five volunteers in organizing 32 shifts and providing a 1,197 service hours to new and existing community partners a few years later in 2018 to 2019.

As amazing as these accomplishments are, there is more. In 2018, Viado earned her Master’s degree in Urban Leadership from UNLV’s school of Public Policy. It is no wonder she was awarded “Most Creative Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Project,” back in 2012! Carmel Viado embodies what it means to create connections, trailblaze, and lead. 

Presently, Carmel works as a corporate paralegal for a boutique trust company managing IRA’s. Prior to entering the private sector, Carmel worked in local government in a variety of departments for almost 14 years, from the Las Vegas Municipal Court to the Office of the City Clerk where she was responsible for running meetings in accordance with the Open Meeting Law. She also worked for the Building and Safety Department as well as the Department of Economic and Urban Development where she established the City of Las Vegas’s Small Business Outreach Program.

 

Congratulations, to Carmel Viado! Thank you for inspiring us to lead.

 

By Brenda Cruz Gomez, WRIN Intern & 2019 NEWL Alum