Mrs. Elleka Yost

Director of Advocacy & Research,
ASBO International
10 Year Member
Platinum Member
Most Valuable Member Platinum
ASBO Staff

Director of Advocacy & Research,
ASBO International


Hello! I'm Elleka Yost, ASBO International's Director of Advocacy & Research. I am responsible for managing ASBO International’s federal advocacy program, PR/media relations, and supporting our team with various research, education, and communications initiatives. When I’m not providing federal policy updates for members or fielding media inquiries on school finance issues, one of my favorite projects is curating content for School Business Leader, our bimonthly leadership newsletter. 

I am a lifelong learner, an avid world traveler, and a proud nerd! At George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, I studied political science, public policy, business, and Chinese language. During my college career, I lived abroad in China and attended Beijing Language and Culture University for a year, and I taught English as a second language to PreK and 4th grade Chinese students. I fell in love with traveling since then and have explored many other areas in China as well as Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Turkey, and the Republic of Georgia. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming with my husband (PS4, PS5, XBOX, Switch, or PC – we don’t pick favorites in our household).

Even though I’ve been with ASBO for over nine years, I am still amazed at how much there remains for me to learn about school finance and education policy (there is never a dull moment in the world of school business)! I love working with our members and helping them advocate for their schools so that our students have the resources they need to learn, grow, and become successful, engaged citizens of our global community. Please reach out if you need anything. I am always happy to help! 


Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
(Remote/Online), Virginia, United States
Non-Degree Program
Certificate in Education Finance
2021 To 2022

George Mason University
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Global Affairs - Public Policy & Governance
2012 To 2013

Beijing Language and Culture University
1 year program certification
Chinese Mandarin
2009 To 2010

George Mason University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Chinese Language, Global Affairs - Asian Studies (Double Major)
2007 To 2012

Job History

ASBO International
Director of Advocacy & Research
United States
January 2024 - present

ASBO International
Director of Advocacy
Ashburn, VA, United States
March 2021 - December 2023

ASBO International
Government Affairs & Communications Manager
Ashburn, VA, United States
April 2017 - February 2021

ASBO International
Government Affairs & Communications Coordinator
Reston, VA, United States
August 2014 - April 2017

ASBO International
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Reston, VA, United States
December 2013 - August 2014

The Diplomat
Editorial Assistant / Contributing Author
December 2012 - November 2013

George Mason University
Research Assistant
August 2012 - December 2012

ROCS College Student Staffing
Client Representative
September 2011 - May 2012

George Mason University
Faculty Research Assistant
January 2011 - May 2011

TopWay Education
TESL Tutor / Teacher
September 2009 - January 2010

Geographical Region

  • South