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: Andrew Owen

Name: Andrew Owen

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Suffolk, Virginia

Where do you currently call home? Suffolk, Virginia

Occupation: Deputy Treasurer, City of Suffolk

PLP 2018 Profile: Holly Hazard

Name: Holly Elizabeth Hazard

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: New York, Pennsylvania, Sweden and Ohio

Where do you currently call home? Falls Church

PLP 2018 Profile: Matt Banfield

Name: Matt Banfield

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Westchester, NY, raised in Williamsburg, VA

Where do you currently call home? Richmond!

PLP 2018 Profile: Staci Martin

Name: Staci Martin

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Texas and Wisconsin.

Where do you currently call home? Virginia Beach

PLP 2018 Profile: Aaron Edmond

Name: Aaron C. Edmond

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Grew Up: Somerset (Franklin Township), New Jersey