What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

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.

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Meet Sorensen Alumni

Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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Explore our Programs

 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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PLP 2019 Profile: Stacey Brayboy

Stacey Brayboy, member of the PLP Class of 2019Name: Stacey Y. Brayboy

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I grew up in Manning, South Carolina. The great Palmetto State.

Where do you currently call home? Alexandria, Virginia

PLP 2019 Profile: James Abrenio

James Abrenio, member of the PLP Class of 2019Name: James S. Abrenio

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Newark, New Jersey

Where do you currently call home? Fairfax, Virginia

Occupation: Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorney

PLP 2019 Profile: Erin Rice

Erin Rice, PLP Class of 2019Name: Erin Rice

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Roanoke, Virginia

Where do you currently call home? Suffolk, Virginia

Occupation: Principal Consultant/Lobbyist

PLP 2019 Profile: Ronald (Ron) White

Ron White, a member of the PLP Class of 2019Name: Ronald (Ron) O. White

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Harlem, NYC but thankful and Blessed that my 22 years serving in the United States Army brought me to this place in my life where I now call Virginia my home.

Where do you currently call home? Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond, VA

PLP 2019 Profile: Evelyn Spain

Evelyn Spain, member of the 2019 PLPName: Evelyn Spain

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I was born on in Meadow Long Island and grew up in the famous town of Amityville.

Where do you currently call home? Presently I reside in a Centreville, Virginia

Occupation: I am a Program Manager

PLP 2019 Profile: Scott Castro

Scott Castro, member of the 2019 PLPName: Scott Castro

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Marylander by birth, Virginian by choice

Where do you currently call home? Richmond, VA

Occupation: Policy Analyst at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)