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Meet Carlos Acosta

Carlos was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, immigrated to the US with his parents when 3 years old, and became a naturalized citizen at 19 years old.  He grew up in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and graduated from Lane Technical High School.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Carlos has worked in McHenry County since 1996 and lived in Woodstock since 2000.  He has been married to his wife Lori for over 27 years.. He is the proud father of Elizabeth, who was Valedictorian of Woodstock High School in 2014 and due to graduate Washington University in St. Louis in 2018.

Carlos has been an active public and charitable servant.

He is a past member of the Woodstock Plan Commission, McHenry Co. United Way Bd. of Directors. LGMC Bd. of Directors, and McHenry Co. Community Foundation Bd. of Directors.  Carlos is a past recipient of the McHenry Co. Peace and Justice Award, Top 10 Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois, Top 10 under 40, Judith O’Connor Memorial Scholar, and Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.


Carlos is an active member of AFSCME Local 2833.  Since being appointed Steward for the local DCFS and DHS offices, he has led the fight to protect workers from an increasingly hostile administration appointed by Gov. Rauner.  He has also energized his workplace to resist Governor Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda,” forged new relationships with other local labor leaders, and led public action to enact legislation supportive of worker rights and protection.

Carlos has been active in the social service field for nearly 30 years.

He has previously served as a Child Welfare Advanced Specialist, Clinical Screener for NIU, and On-site Crisis Counselor for the McHenry Co. Crisis Program.  He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois and Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) in Wisconsin.  In addition to being a Child Protection Advanced Specialist for the Ill. Dept. of Children and Family Services, he also maintains private practices in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Carlos was the co-founder and leader of the McHenry County Latino Coalition, the county’s first and only Latino-focused, Latino-lead non-profit community organization.  The Coalition was active on issues regarding the US census, immigrant mental health, and immigrant civic engagement.  The Coalition was involved in the passage of legislation providing in-state tuition for undocumented Illinois students and access to religious ministry for immigrants detained in Illinois.