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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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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CLCC Extended Deadline (CLCC meeting June 12-14)

ANNOUNCING AN EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE!

We have extended the deadline to apply to the 2019 College Leaders Career Conference! We will now be accepting applications until midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.

We understand that this is a busy time of year for college students. From final exams, projects, papers, and graduation, we want to make sure any student interested in applying to the 2019 CLCC has enough time to complete their application!

Sorensen Announces 2019 CTP Participants

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of our 2019 Candidate Training Program. The CTP will meet March 21-24 in Millwood, Virginia, to learn about the fundamentals of running an ethical and winning campaign for public office.

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!