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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Now Hiring 2019 Youth Program Managers

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is seeking applicants to be Youth Program Managers in the summer of 2019 for its High School Leaders Program.

The two-week residential program takes place at the University of Virginia from July 13-27th.

Sorensen Leadership Awards

Nominations were open from November 15, 2018 to January 18, 2019 and produced excellent nominees from both sides of the aisle. Winners will be announced in mid-February, and awards will be presented at the Sorensen Gala on April 10.

Sorensen Institute Announces 2019 Political Leaders Program Class

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2019 Political Leaders Program class.  The class will begin in March in Williamsburg and meet for nine total sessions throughout Virginia.  Members of the class will learn about Virginia politics, bipartisan policy solutions, and what unites our Commonwealth.  Congratulations to all!

Sorensen Institute Leadership Luncheon: Recap

On Thursday, November 15th we were joined by Rear Admiral John Kirby at our first annual Sorensen Institute Leadership Luncheon. RADM Kirby spent some time discussing his role as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and his career in the United States Navy. Time afterward was spent with a discussion between RADM Kirby and guests on issues related to the U.S.