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. 

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."

PLP recruitment receptions scheduled

Nine recruitment receptions have been scheduled to take place around the commonwealth throughout the month of October. These receptions are fantastic opportunities to to share your experiences with prospective applicants and to meet fellow Sorensen alumni from your region. If you have any friends or colleagues who ought to apply to the Political Leaders Program, or who would like to learn more about any of our programs, please encourage them to join us for one of these receptions!

Tickets available now for Autumn Gala

The Sorensen Institute is pleased to invite you to our fourth annual Autumn Gala, featuring a non-partisan analysis of the presidential election by Bob Holsworth and a look to the future from members of our Congressional delegation.

Sorensen seeks Executive Director

The University of Virginia invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. The closing date is Aug. 31, 2016.

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).