ASAP Leadership

The ASAP 2.0 Steering Committee is composed of the following esteemed members:

Anthony Garrett, principal of Anthony Garrett and Associates, has over 30 years of experience building effective, winning teams.   Anthony provides the strategic skills and directions to help organizations and campaigns achieve their goals and move their agenda forward.  

Dr. Frederick Kagan is the director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project and a former military history professor at the US Military Academy at West Point. He served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of General Stanley McChrystal's strategic assessment team, and he later returned to the country to conduct research for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen. He is one of the intellectual architects of the successful “surge” military strategy in Iraq.

Mark Kustra is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. He is a former United States Marine Officer with over 23 years of operational experience serving in positions from the tactical to the strategic levels of defense. As a former member of the Afghanistan Pakistan Hands Program, he served as a governance and development advisor in Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Annie Pforzheimer is a non-resident associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A recently retired career diplomat with the personal rank of minister counselor, Annie was the acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Afghanistan until March 2019, and from 2017-2018, she was the deputy chief of mission in Kabul. With a focus on security, rule of law, and human rights during a 30-year career in the Foreign Service, Annie directed the implementation of the 2014 U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America at the National Security Council.

David Sedney is immediate past President of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). He is also a Senior Associate (non-resident) with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia (2009-2013) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia (2007-2009).

Marika Theros is a human rights and governance expert.  She is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness and policy fellow at Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the London School of Economics, where she leads their comparative research stream investigating local peace agreements across six key conflict-affected sites. Over the last 15 years she has designed a number of research and dialogue processes in Afghanistan, the Gulf, Lebanon, Europe, and the Balkans related to human rights, security and justice.


Sarah Lenti is the Executive Director of ASAP. She kicked off her policy career on the National Security Council, first as the Director of Ukraine, Belarus, & Moldova, followed by serving as the Director for Iraq Reconstruction. Over the past decade, Sarah has wedded her policy and politics interests, working on multiple campaigns (from President to Congress to state-wide Attorney General races) as well as advising NGO’s, corporate executives, and independent political reform efforts working for the greater good.

Jeff Weintraub is the Communications and Media Strategist for ASAP. Jeff has more than three-and-a-half decades of experience managing communications and advocacy for U.S. and international NGOs, U.S. and foreign government entities, corporations, trade associations and research institutions. He previously held senior positions with FleishmanHillard International Communications, and, before that, the American Jewish Committee. 

Scott Mackey is ASAP's Outreach Coordinator. He has a diverse background in electoral politics, foreign policy, enterprise sales and sustainability. He is the former Executive Director for ASAP.