Board of Directors

Joseph Benson – Contractor Director and Co-Chair
former Vice President: Central Blacktop


Salvador Arana – Infrastructure Director and Co-Chair
Director of Construction – Utilities: Peoples Gas Company


Dave Sullivan – Former Elected Official (R) Director and Secretary-Treasurer
former Illinois State Senator and President: Raucci & Sullivan Strategies


Bob Molaro – Former Elected Official (D) Director
former Illinois State Representative (D) and President: Robert S. Molaro & Associates


James Sweeney – Union Director
President-Business Manager: International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150


Marc Poulos – Labor-Management Director
Executive Director: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting


Robert Bruno – Higher Education Director
Director: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Labor Education Program


Kelly Tyrrell – At-large Director
Representative: CenterPoint



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Frank Manzo IV, MPP

Frank Manzo IV, MPP is the Policy 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. He can be contacted at


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Mary Craighead, AICP

Mary Craighead, AICP is the Transportation Policy Analyst 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. She can be contacted at


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Jill Manzo

Jill Manzo is the Midwest Researcher at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University. Her research interests include income inequality, infrastructure investment, economic development, education policy, and the overall labor force. She can be contacted at



Allison Taylor

Allison Taylor is the Comptroller at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Benedictine University. She can be contacted at


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