Marc Poulos, Executive Director
Marc Poulos is the Executive Director of the III FFC. After spending several years in the trades while attending night school, he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor and a certificate in Labor and Employment Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, he clerked for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 Legal Department and later became IUOE Local 150’s Associate General Counsel. Marc is a proud Local 150 member and sits on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Prevailing Wage Council, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting and Midwest Operating Engineers Information Technologies. Marc is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association.
Melissa Binetti, Counsel for the Foundation
Melissa joined the III FFC in July 2007. Melissa obtained her law degree and a certificate in Labor and Employment Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2004. While at Chicago-Kent she served as a student editor for the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. Melissa is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United State District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kara Principe, Counsel for the Foundation
Kara joined the III FFC in September 2010, after graduating cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May 2010. While at Northern, Kara served as President of the Justinian Society Italian-American Law Student Association. Kara also participated in Moot Court and was a member of the Student Bar Association. Kara is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Central District of Illinois, and the Northern District of Indiana. Kara is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Joseph Sweeney, Counsel for the Foundation
Joseph is Counsel to the Foundation for the Indiana Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting. He practices labor, administrative, and employee benefits law, and is engaged in other state and local regulatory matters. He is a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee. Joseph earned his J.D. in 2016 from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in labor and employment law. He received the CALI Award for Excellence in Labor Law and Employee Benefits Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is admitted to the general bar of the Northern District of Illinois.
Josh Weger, Policy Director
Josh Weger leads the Foundation’s policy development, strategic planning, and research & analysis. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, he spent four years as Deputy Director of the Illinois Capital Development Board. At CDB Josh managed a $3.9 billion construction program and directed a staff of 60 architects, engineers, project managers, and support staff. Prior to his work at CDB, Josh was employed at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, where he held positions including Policy Director and Region Manager. Before joining DCEO, Josh was employed by the Office of the Illinois Auditor General and the Illinois House of Representatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Laura Byrne, Communications Director
Laura joined the III FFC in 2015 after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Political Science and History. As an undergraduate student, Laura was employed at the Loyola School of Law and was coordinator of the Constitutional Law Colloquium. Laura also interned for LIFT Chicago, a nonprofit that focuses on alleviating poverty, and worked for State Senator Heather Steans.
Dana Prasauskas, Administrative Assistant
Dana Prasauskas joined the III FFC in May of 2008 after sixteen years as a legal secretary in the Loop and South Suburbs, including 3 years as a legal secretary for the IUOE Local 150 Legal Department. Dana credits her success to her outgoing personality, years of experience and ability to quickly adapt. She enjoys the variations of her job at the III FFC including balancing her legal and fiscal responsibilities.