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.

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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Meet Sorensen Alumni

Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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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."

Sorensen featured in Virginia Capitol Connections

The Sorensen Institute is featured in the current issue of Virginia Capitol Connections Quarterly Magazine. VCCQM features, "all things political—but in a balanced, non-partisan presentation." The article by award-winning freelance writer Sarah Alderson is a great introduction to Sorensen and our upcoming Autumn Gala on Nov. 18.

You can read the full article on Page 22 of the Fall 2016 issue.

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!

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).