Black History Month Interview of Carlos Nelson, Outstanding Commitment in Community Service

Illinois is a colorful collection of communities reflecting the diversity of our great nation. It’s one of our greatest strengths. Throughout the year, Treasurer Frerichs celebrates Illinois' diverse identity through a series of heritage month celebrations. During each month, the Treasurer and his advisory councils collect nominations and select awardees who are invested in giving back to their communities. In 2021, the Treasurer's began capturing video conversations with each awardee in efforts to broadcast their story on social media. Our goal is to amplify and inspire tomorrow's leaders with words of inspiration from today's.

Carlos Nelson is the CEO of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation. Carlos is the Treasurer’s Office Black History Month Award Recipient for Outstanding Commitment in Community Service. Since being hired in 2003, Carolos has grown the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation from a one-person operation to a staff of nearly thirty full-time and part-time associates as well as over 100 volunteers helping the organization. One of his major successes is the 79th Street Renaissance Festival which began in 2006, and the Treasurer’s Office is proud to participate in.

Check out the State Treasurers' office recognition of all the Illinois leaders during February 2021: at