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Populus [pop-yuh-luhs] noun – It’s Latin for people

As our name implies, we’re all about people

Whether you’re managing a nonpermanent labor program, or you’re looking for a cool new job, we work with you to understand your specific needs so we can guide you to the transformation you’re looking for. When you work with us, you’ll get a solution that addresses your unique goals and challenges and empowers you with the roadmap you need to be successful.

Populus Group is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and a Veteran-Owned Business (VOB). When you work with us, you’ll also earn credit toward diversity spend goals. 

To learn a little more about us, checkout that video! 

Our History

Founded in Detroit, MI on September 9, 2002

2004 - Payroll / Employer of Record Services grows with addition of Transition Services

2006 - September 8th, Immigration Services is created

2006 - Our first Managed Service Provider program kicks off, MSP Services are created

May 2008 - Seattle office in Bellevue, WA opens

August 2008 - Chicago office in Lisle, IL opens

2011 - Independent Contractor Compliance Services are created

April 2011 - Bay Area office opens in San Mateo, CA (moves to Burlingame in 2017)

April 2015 - Populus Group completes the process to become a certified Veteran Owned Business

Meet Our Leadership

Lori Blakey Director of Payroll Services

Nicole Brown MSP Program Director

John Butler Director of IT

Dorian Cast Immigration Operations Supervisor

Chance Davis, Sr.Senior Director of
National Accounts

Frank DeCastro VP of Sales

Michelle Fedorkiw Director of Customer Success

Rosemarie Fontela Director of Customer Success

Kristin Frisbie Corporate Controller

Michael Gardner Director of Customer Success

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Bobby Herrera President

Ed Herrera VP of Workforce Solutions

Mario Lambert Director of Strategic Partnerships

Matt Mackaluso Director of National Accounts

Mel Mallinak Executive Director of Customer Success

Jim Mann CFO

Tom Mehl VP of Operations

Alyse Nilson

Alyse NilsonDirector of Operational Excellence

Jennifer Pasquier Sr. Marketing Manager

Karen Philbrick VP of Human Resources

Steve Powell Recruiting Manager

David Repovich

David Repovich Delivery Manager

Josh Schreck Director of National Accounts

Jillian Seidl Strategic Account Manager

Jason Smith Director of Customer Success

Nicole Stevens Manager of QA & IA

Tricia Warner BD Support Manager

Joel Wisniewski Immigration Counsel

Our work is about connecting organizations with the right people to help them grow, and vice versa.

If you’re managing a contingent workforce, or looking for your next contract role, we're here to help you succeed. We’ve been creating people-first workforce solutions for 15 years and if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that achieving goals feels pretty cool. We're here to help you do just that.
A certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Veteran Owned Business (VOB), we’re committed to including and supporting people with different backgrounds while helping companies achieve diversity spend goals.

Our purpose stems from one thing: the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.

We’re passionate about furthering this mission by giving back and paying it forward with two key community groups: kids and veterans.  Our offices partner with local charities and nonprofits to donate, inspire and mentor throughout the year.

To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.

We're committed to helping organizations overcome their workforce challenges to get to a better tomorrow. Here's how we can help:

  • Immigration Employment Solutions
  • Independent Contractor Engagement / Agent of Record Services 
  • Managed Service Provider Services
  • Professional Payroll / Employer of Record Services 
  • Staffing and Recruiting 

The Populus Group

If you’re looking for inspiration, industry insights, practical tips, and some great stories, the Populus Group Blog has you covered.


A Culture of Giving Back

Veteran Stories

Stories from My Time at the White House
Pat Lencioni & PG Leadership


Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2017

Populus Group has an inclusive, deep-rooted culture which comes to life daily through their work.  Each person I have had the opportunity to work with embodies everything you expect from a high-performing culture with an unwavering focus on excellence.  I'm consistently amazed by the drive and positivity every Climber exudes at Populus Group.  I'm honored to work with the team.

Jennifer Labin

Jennifer Labin

TERP Associates