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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Sorensen Institute 25th Anniversary Spring Gala

The Sorensen Institute invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us at the Spring Gala! We are also delighted to welcome the new administration—a quadrennial Sorensen tradition—at this year's soirée. Tickets are available now! You can also preview the items available to bid on during our silent auction.

Shannon Valentine Named Secretary of Transportation

Congratulations to Shannon Valentine - a graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program in the Class 2005 - on being named to serve as Virginia's Secretary of Transportation by Governor-elect Ralph Northam (Sorensen Candidate Training Program, Class of 2007) Shannon also is a highly valued member Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board. We're proud of you, Shannon!

Sorensen Event at Norfolk's Chrysler Museum

In today's bitter partisan environment, the Sorensen Institute's vision is more important than ever: trust, civility and respect in politics. Join us on Oct. 12 for an evening of drinks, discussion and networking with area political junkies to support the Sorensen Institute.

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 15

Reported by Chip Maurer (James Monroe High School)

Congratulations High School Leaders Program Class of 2017! We did it!

Today we heard two weeks of hard work recapped in incredible speeches from Lauren Gilbert, Alex White, and Bob Gibson. The Spirit of Citizenship Award went to two deserving members of our class, Choetsow Tenzin and Ted McPhillips. After enjoying two weeks with them I can't think of anyone better to receive these awards.