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

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PLP 2018 Profile: Ty Bates

Name: Tyvon “Ty” Bates

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

Where do you currently call home? Richmond, VA

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!