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 Leadership Luncheon: Recap

On Thursday, November 15th we were joined by Rear Admiral John Kirby at our first annual Sorensen Institute Leadership Luncheon. RADM Kirby spent some time discussing his role as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and his career in the United States Navy. Time afterward was spent with a discussion between RADM Kirby and guests on issues related to the U.S.

PLP 2018 Profile: Kyle Elliott

Name: Kyle Elliott

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I was born in Seattle, WA (Go Hawks!) and moved to Fairfax County when I was 12-years-old. I attended high school at Flint Hill in Oakton before moving on to UVA (WAHOOWA!) and then law school at W&M.

PLP 2018 Profile: Tina Pullen

Name: Christina Pullen

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Norfolk

Where do you currently call home? Chesapeake

Occupation: Public Affairs Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Norfolk Field Office

PLP 2018 Profile: Rich Breeden

Name: Richard “Rich” Breeden

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Waynesboro, VA

Where do you currently call home? Spotsylvania, VA

Occupation: Vice President, Kingfisher Systems, Inc.

PLP 2018 Profile: Sam Cohen

Name: Samantha Cohen

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Bedford, NY

Where do you currently call home? Roanoke, VA

Occupation: Appeals, Virginia Department of Veterans Services