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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PLP 2018 Profile: Kyle Elliott

Name: Kyle Elliott

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I was born in Seattle, WA (Go Hawks!) and moved to Fairfax County when I was 12-years-old. I attended high school at Flint Hill in Oakton before moving on to UVA (WAHOOWA!) and then law school at W&M.

PLP 2018 Profile: Tina Pullen

Name: Christina Pullen

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Norfolk

Where do you currently call home? Chesapeake

Occupation: Public Affairs Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Norfolk Field Office

PLP 2018 Profile: Rich Breeden

Name: Richard “Rich” Breeden

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Waynesboro, VA

Where do you currently call home? Spotsylvania, VA

Occupation: Vice President, Kingfisher Systems, Inc.

PLP 2018 Profile: Sam Cohen

Name: Samantha Cohen

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Bedford, NY

Where do you currently call home? Roanoke, VA

Occupation: Appeals, Virginia Department of Veterans Services

PLP 2018 Profile: Ty Bates

Name: Tyvon “Ty” Bates

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Richmond, VA

Where do you currently call home? Richmond, VA