What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs, the Sorensen Institute has a proven track record of bringing together diverse, bipartisan groups with an interest in bettering their communities.

By promoting effective leadership, working together, building trust, ethics, and mastery of public policy issues, Sorensen plays an important role in shaping a positive political discussion, greater understanding among Virginia's regions, and successful results in Virginia's governments and communities. These efforts strengthen the quality of governance and community service at all levels and help restore public confidence in our political system.

Many graduates of Sorensen program have later been elected to office or appointed to key state and local positions in government, served in leadership positions in the private sector or non-profit organizations, and created positive impacts in their communities.

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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Sorensen Legislative Reception is Feb. 11, 2020

Come join more than 200 Sorensen alumni, friends, business leaders, and Members of the General Assembly for food, drinks, and a great view from the 18th floor of Gateway Plaza.

Our Legislative Reception is in its 14th year and has become a must-attend gathering. The reception is FREE and open to all, but you must reserve your free ticket by Feb. 10 to attend.

Onward Virginia Is Back for 2019

Onward Virginia, Sorensen's collaboration with Virginia FREE, is back for 2019! This year's event will look at the post-election climate in Virginia and will be a lens into 2020. Join us on Dec. 4 to hear more from our dynamic slate of pollsters, politicos, delegates, and data experts! Register Now

PLP 2019 Profile: Randy Pearson

Randy Pearson, member of the PLP class of 2019Name: Randy Pearson

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

Where do you currently call home? Richmond, Virginia

Occupation: Lobbyist - Vice President - Two Capitols Consulting

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