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 to Lead Panel at Tom Tom Festival's Hometown Summit

Tom Walls wilI will be representing the Sorensen Institute during the Hometown Summit this April, where he will moderate a panel on civility in politics and help a national audience learn about Sorensen’s work.

An initiative of Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Hometown Summit is a conference dedicated to fostering innovation in small cities across the United States.

Announcing the 2018 Political Leaders Program Class

The Sorensen Institute is happy to announce the accepted participants to the 2018 Political Leaders Program class.  This group of leaders from throughout Virginia will meet beginning in March and spend 2018 learning about public policy in Virginia and the power of bipartisanship.  Congratulations to all!

2018 Political Leaders Program Class

Tom Walls Named Sorensen Executive Director

Tom Walls, legal, legislative and political advocate, has been named Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute.

Ray LaMura, Chairman-Elect of Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board, said, “Tom received recommendations from both sides of the aisle as a person of character, ability and good will. The members of the Search Committee unanimously agreed that the Sorensen Institute will be well served with Tom Walls as its new Executive Director."