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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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

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

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).