What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

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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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

Sorensen Leadership Awards

Nominations were open from November 15, 2018 to January 18, 2019 and produced excellent nominees from both sides of the aisle. Winners will be announced in mid-February, and awards will be presented at the Sorensen Gala on April 10.

Sorensen Institute Announces 2019 Political Leaders Program Class

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2019 Political Leaders Program class.  The class will begin in March in Williamsburg and meet for nine total sessions throughout Virginia.  Members of the class will learn about Virginia politics, bipartisan policy solutions, and what unites our Commonwealth.  Congratulations to all!

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.

Looking for more political news and resources?

Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources  and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).