Meet the Staff

Frank Manzo IV, MPP

Frank Manzo IV, MPP is the Executive Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to working at ILEPI, he worked at the University of Illinois Labor Education Program and in the Federal Reserve system. He earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies from the University of Illinois Labor Education Program. His research interests include labor market analysis, economic development, infrastructure investment, the low-wage labor force, and public finance.

Frank Manzo IV can be contacted via email at fmanzo@illinoisepi.org.

Mary (Craighead) Tyler, AICP

Mary Tyler, AICP is the Transportation Director at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining ILEPI, she served as the Coordinator for the Victoria, TX Metropolitan Planning Organization and Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Victoria, TX. She earned a Master of Urban Planning and Graduate Certificate in Transportation Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Evansville. Her research interests include transportation planning and policy, community development, energy policy, infrastructure investment, and environmental policy.

Mary Tyler can be contacted via email at mtyler@illinoisepi.org.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a Policy Analyst at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to working at ILEPI, he worked at Michigan State University, National Alliance for Fair Contracting, and North America’s Building Trades Unions. He earned a Master’s in Sociology from George Mason University and a Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include construction apprenticeship programs, labor relations, infrastructure investment, and sociology of technology.

Andrew Wilson can be contacted via email at awilson@illinoisepi.org.

Grace Dunn

Grace Dunn is a Research Associate at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. Prior to joining ILEPI, she worked as a Jury Research Analyst at Donoghue & Associates and as an Intern for Senator Dick Durbin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy and a Minor in Writing. Her research interests include social and environmental policy, community development, and labor market analysis.

Grace Dunn can be contacted via email at gdunn@illinoisepi.org.