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

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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PLP recruitment receptions scheduled

Nine recruitment receptions have been scheduled to take place around the commonwealth throughout the month of October. These receptions are fantastic opportunities to to share your experiences with prospective applicants and to meet fellow Sorensen alumni from your region. If you have any friends or colleagues who ought to apply to the Political Leaders Program, or who would like to learn more about any of our programs, please encourage them to join us for one of these receptions!

Tickets available now for Autumn Gala

The Sorensen Institute is pleased to invite you to our fourth annual Autumn Gala, featuring a non-partisan analysis of the presidential election by Bob Holsworth and a look to the future from members of our Congressional delegation.

Sorensen seeks Executive Director

The University of Virginia invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. The closing date is Aug. 31, 2016.

HSLP 2016: Day 13 - Thursday, July 21

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 13: Thursday, July 21
Reported by: Chris Hopkins, James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School, and David Wilbourne, Princess Anne High School

HSLP 2016: Day 12 - Wednesday, July 20

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 12: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Reported by: Oliver Simon, Princess Anne High School and Sasha Grossman, Oakton High School
Today the Sorensen HSLP spent the day touring and meeting with various individuals affiliated with the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia. Upon arrival to the General Assembly at approximately 9:00 am we were revived by a much needed fresh supply of Sugar Shack Doughnuts.