Sam Pressler is the Founder and Executive Director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP). He is a 2015 Echoing Green Global Fellow, 2016 Halcyon Fellow, and 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee. He has been recognized by Americans for the Arts in their Leadership Spotlight, and was named to the HillVets 100 list as one of the 100 most influential people in the veterans space. His work with ASAP has been highlighted on CNN, ABC News, the Washington Post, NPR, PRI The World, PBS, Soldiers Magazine, Military Times, Stars & Stripes, and Task & Purpose, among others. Sam graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the College of William & Mary in 2015.
The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) helps veterans and military families reintegrate into their communities through the arts. ASAP promotes artistic expression, skill-development, and camaraderie through seven- to ten-week classes in stand-up comedy, improv, creative writing, and music. ASAP then partners with local colleges, arts organizations, and performance venues to offer its graduates continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. In the process, ASAP provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and healing benefits, and strengthens ties between veterans and their communities through the arts.