Sam Pressler


Sam Pressler is a founder, advisor to CEOs and senior leaders, and executive coach.

He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP), a nonprofit that cultivates community and growth with veterans and their families through the arts. Today, ASAP is the largest military arts organization in the country, having served 2,000+ veterans across 500+ classes and workshops nationwide. For his work with ASAP, Sam has been honored as an Echoing Green Global Fellow, Halcyon Fellow, and a 30 Under 30 awardee from Forbes and Pacific Standard Magazine. He received West Point’s “Knight’s Out” LGBTQ+ Leadership Award, was named to We Are The Mighty’s “Mighty 25” list as one of the 25 most influential people in the veterans space, and was featured on Preet Bharara’s “CAFE 100” list of 100 change-makers addressing the most pressing problems in America and globally.

Sam has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Government and Finance from the College of William & Mary, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

Sam grew up in an unapologetically New Jersey town and currently resides in the Bay Area – a place that couldn’t be more opposite, culturally. His compulsions include building things that last and being silly while giving a damn. Both of Sam’s grandmothers are very proud of him.