Executive Director Transition

In December 2018, ASAP’s Founder and Executive Director, Sam Pressler, announced that he would be stepping down from his role on June 30th, 2019. Our goal for ASAP has always been to build a sustainable, robust organization that is bigger than any one person or one program. To ensure a successful search and leadership transition, we have established a Search Committee comprised of leaders from our Board of Directors, programs, and partner organizations. The Search Committee will work in partnership with On-Ramps, a leading search and consulting firm for the social sector, to help drive the search and succession process. We have outlined a general timeline for the search below:

  • December - January: Solicit input from staff, participants, alumni, instructors, arts partners, funders, and advisors on the qualities they would like to see in ASAP’s next Executive Director. Develop Executive Director job description and candidate profiles based on input.

  • Mid-February - May: Announce Executive Director search, accept applications, conduct interviews, and make job offer.

  • June: New Executive Director begins.

Throughout the search process, we will be communicating with our stakeholders and populating this page with important updates. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact ASAP’s Board and Search Committee Chair, Jon Imundo, at jonathan.imundo@gmail.com.

Search Committee


Jon Imundo | ASAP Board Chair

Managing Director, Barclays


Meghan Ogilvie

CEO, Dog Tag Bakery


Ryan Goss | Comedy Bootcamp Co-Founder

Associate, Centre for Public Impact


KJ Pettersen (USMC) | ASAP Alumna & Instructor

Humanitarian Advisor, USAID


Keno Sadler (USN)

VP of Programs, Echoing Green


Will ASAP’s scheduled programs continue as planned? Yes, we remain committed to delivering evidence-based, high quality programs and we will continue to offer all programs as planned.

What role will the ASAP community (participants, alumni, instructors, mentors, volunteers) have in selecting the next Executive Director? We will be seeking input from the ASAP community on the ideal characteristics of our next Executive Director. Further, we have added KJ Pettersen (ASAP Alumna, Comedy Bootcamp Instructor) to the Search Committee to ensure that a voice from the ASAP community is deeply involved in the final selection process.

What involvement will Sam Pressler have after leaving ASAP? Sam Pressler will remain on ASAP’s Board of Directors for one year following his full-time departure from the organization in June 2019.

Interested in becoming ASAP’s next Executive Director? Click the button below to learn more and apply for the role!