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.

Explore our Programs

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

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Meet Sorensen Alumni

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

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Spring Gala Honoring John Hager

 
The Sorensen Institute is pleased to announce that our 16th Annual Spring Gala will honor former Lt. Gov. John Hager for his service to Sorensen and to the Commonwealth. 
 
John is the immediate past Chariman of the Sorensen Institute Statewide Advisory Board. He has served with distinction as the Director of Homeland Security for Virginia, Assistant U.S.

Sorensen to Lead Panel at Tom Tom Festival's Hometown Summit

Tom Walls wilI will be representing the Sorensen Institute during the Hometown Summit this April, where he will moderate a panel on civility in politics and help a national audience learn about Sorensen’s work.

An initiative of Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Hometown Summit is a conference dedicated to fostering innovation in small cities across the United States.

Tom Walls Named Sorensen Executive Director

Tom Walls, legal, legislative and political advocate, has been named Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute.

Ray LaMura, Chairman-Elect of Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board, said, “Tom received recommendations from both sides of the aisle as a person of character, ability and good will. The members of the Search Committee unanimously agreed that the Sorensen Institute will be well served with Tom Walls as its new Executive Director."

Sorensen featured in Virginia Capitol Connections

The Sorensen Institute is featured in the current issue of Virginia Capitol Connections Quarterly Magazine. VCCQM features, "all things political—but in a balanced, non-partisan presentation." The article by award-winning freelance writer Sarah Alderson is a great introduction to Sorensen and our upcoming Autumn Gala on Nov. 18.

You can read the full article on Page 22 of the Fall 2016 issue.