Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.
Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.
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Meet the esteemed Sorensen alumni who have successfully completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.
The Sorensen Institute is happy to announce the accepted participants to the 2018 Political Leaders Program class. This group of leaders from throughout Virginia will meet beginning in March and spend 2018 learning about public policy in Virginia and the power of bipartisanship. Congratulations to all!
2018 Political Leaders Program Class
Congratulations to Shannon Valentine - a graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program in the Class 2005 - on being named to serve as Virginia's Secretary of Transportation by Governor-elect Ralph Northam (Sorensen Candidate Training Program, Class of 2007) Shannon also is a highly valued member Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board. We're proud of you, Shannon!
Reported by Chip Maurer (James Monroe High School)
Congratulations High School Leaders Program Class of 2017! We did it!
Today we heard two weeks of hard work recapped in incredible speeches from Lauren Gilbert, Alex White, and Bob Gibson. The Spirit of Citizenship Award went to two deserving members of our class, Choetsow Tenzin and Ted McPhillips. After enjoying two weeks with them I can't think of anyone better to receive these awards.