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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 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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PLP 2019 Profile: Erin Rice

Erin Rice, PLP Class of 2019Name: Erin Rice

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Roanoke, Virginia

Where do you currently call home? Suffolk, Virginia

Occupation: Principal Consultant/Lobbyist

PLP 2019 Profile: Ronald (Ron) White

Ron White, a member of the PLP Class of 2019Name: Ronald (Ron) O. White

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Born in Harlem, NYC but thankful and Blessed that my 22 years serving in the United States Army brought me to this place in my life where I now call Virginia my home.

Where do you currently call home? Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond, VA

PLP 2019 Profile: Evelyn Spain

Evelyn Spain, member of the 2019 PLPName: Evelyn Spain

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: I was born on in Meadow Long Island and grew up in the famous town of Amityville.

Where do you currently call home? Presently I reside in a Centreville, Virginia

Occupation: I am a Program Manager

PLP 2019 Profile: Scott Castro

Scott Castro, member of the 2019 PLPName: Scott Castro

Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Marylander by birth, Virginian by choice

Where do you currently call home? Richmond, VA

Occupation: Policy Analyst at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

HSLP 2019: Day 15

Reported by Alex Hubbard, Atlee High School, and Safiya Khan, Dominion High School 

HSLP 2019: Day 14

Reported by: Tyler Hoppe, Atlee High School and Lola LaPier, Princess Anne High School