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 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 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, the Northern District of Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Kara is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Michael McNally, Counsel for the Foundation
Michael McNally joins the III FFC after years of work in Labor. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Post college, he operated heavy equipment as a Local 150 Operating Engineer while attending night classes at DePaul University – College of Law. Michael earned his Juris Doctor and is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois. Prior to joining the III FFC, Michael worked in Labor Relations for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and a proud Local 150
Tiffany Ward, Counsel for the Foundation
Tiffany Ward is Counsel with the III FFC and is a native of Chicago’s Southland area. She completed her undergraduate education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and earned her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Prior to joining the III FFC, Tiffany served as Assistant Counsel at the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus were she primarily focused on Privacy, Procurement and Labor Law. Prior to joining the Illinois Senate staff, Tiffany served as Corporate Counsel for the Association for Supply Chain Management where she drafted and negotiated complex contracts.
Josh Weger, Policy Director
Josh Weger leads III FFC's policy development, strategic planning, and research & analysis. Prior to joining III FFC, 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.
Marcus Jordan, DE&I Coordinator
Marcus Jordan joins the III FFC as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Outreach Coordinator. Within this role Marcus will have primary responsibilities for creating comprehensive outreach programs while also working with the ASIP Training Site in support of IUOE Local 150. During his 8-year tenure with the City of Waukegan, Marcus held multiple roles including Asphalt Maintenance, Operating Engineer, and as a Union Steward team member with a focus on insurance contract negotiations. Prior to these roles, Marcus worked within multiple supply chain and distribution capacities for KLOSS Distributing Company, serving the Lake County and neighboring Chicagoland suburbs. All of his past professional roles have included a common theme of working with, relating to, and serving those from various diverse backgrounds; all of which will certainly allow him to take on this new opportunity as the DE&I Outreach Coordinator.
Dana Prasauskas, Administrative Assistant
Dana Prasauskas joined the III FFC 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.
Allison Taylor, Comptroller
Allison Taylor joined the III FFC after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Benedictine University. Since her graduation, she has overseen the III FFC's accounting tasks, financial reporting procedures, and accounts receivable and payable.
Yesenia Pedroza, Fiscal Assistant
Yesenia Pedroza joins the III FFC staff as the Fiscal Assistant. Prior to this, her background includes accounting work for domestic and global partners in the health administration services field. She earned her Bachelor's in Accounting and Social Work from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Jill Gigstad, Communications Specialist
Jill Gigstad is the Communications Specialist at III FFC, working to promote, market, and communicate the III FFC's efforts to contractors, workers, and political officials. She joined the III FFC after working as the Midwest Researcher and on communications-related tasks at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University.