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

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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

HSLP 2018: Day 15

Reported by: Fyzah Islam, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, and Reagan Lawson, Patrick County High School

HSLP 2018: Day 14

Reported by: Jack Holt, Washington-Lee High School David Lim, Douglass S. Freeman High School

HSLP 2018: Day 13

Reported by: Leo Hickey, Frank W. Cox High School, and Neel Mandapati, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

After a long field trip to Richmond the previous day, we woke up ready to tackle today’s challenge. Instead of a normal day which would consist of class and a few guest speakers, we played the Budget Game. The Budget Game was somewhat similar to the Senate Simulation in that we broke up into groups to perform individual tasks and then came together, however this time we separated into a House and a Senate.

HSLP 2018: Day 12

Reported by: Carson Martin, Lord Botetourt High School and Knaide Green, Maggie L. Walker
Governor’s School

HSLP 2018: Day 11

Reported by: Frankie Garner, Warwick High School, and Jack Padberg, Forest Park High School


This morning had an abrupt start when a fire alarm went off in the middle of the night. We continued on with our night's sleep. Our day of classes started when Ms. Falgiano gave us a lesson on public speaking before our array of speakers for the day.