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.

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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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

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.

Looking for more political news and resources?

Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources  and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).