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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Recruit for our programs

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

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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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Sorensen Institute Leadership Luncheon: A Forum for Decision Makers

Join us for the First Annual Sorensen Institute Leadership Luncheon with keynote speaker Rear Admiral John Kirby, USN (ret) of CNN. Register now on Eventbrite: https://sorensen-forum.eventbrite.com

Honorary Co-Chairs

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st)

Event Hosts

Margi Vanderhye (Sorensen Fellow, Class of 2006)
Rich Anderson (Sorensen Fellow, Class of 2012)

Four New Sorensen Events This Fall

Our Across the Aisle fundraisers bring together area civic leaders from all political parties and persuasions—elected officials and private citizens—for an evening of drinks, discussion and networking. Each event has its own regional flavor, with a handpicked speaker, distinguished local guests, and venue-specific extras you won't want to miss. Early Bird discounts are available today
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).