Alul Yesak
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Charter School Authorizers
Alul Yesak is the Executive Director at the Minnesota Association of Charter School Authorizers. She is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota in the education policy and leadership program. Alul was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to Dallas, Texas to complete her high school education. At the age of 18, Alul moved to Minnesota to pursue her B.A. in Political Science and Peace Studies at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. She later received her Master of Arts in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Minnesota in 2018. Alul’s career has consistently focused on education and education policy. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Alul moved back to Dallas, where she worked as a college advisor with the Academic Success Program—a nonprofit that focuses on making higher education accessible to underserved students. She returned to Minnesota to work as an education advocate for Lutheran Social Services to help students identified as chronically absent; and later joined Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, where she worked with schools to make entrepreneurship and personal finance education more accessible. Finally, Alul joined the Minnesota Department of Education’s charter school division before serving as the Executive Director at her current job. In her spare time, Alul enjoys traveling, traditional Ethiopian dancing, and cooking.