Jake Elsen

General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
Jake Elsen
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. (Nelson Mandela)


Jake Elsen currently serves as our General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for SAE Institute North America. Jake comes to us with almost 20 years of higher education leadership experience in the areas of marketing, admissions, student success, finance, and campus operations. Jake holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Prior to joining SAE Institute North America, Jake has held several leadership roles within Navitas, University of Phoenix, Kaplan Higher Education Campuses and Career Education Corporation. Jake has a passion for serving others and helping students on their journey to be the best, most authentic version of themselves.

Outside of SAE Institute, Jake enjoys spending quality time with his family, traveling and exploring the great outdoors.