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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Sorensen partners with Center for Politics to offer virtual internships

The Sorensen Institute is proud to partner with the Center for Politics (like Sorensen, part of the UVA Institute of Democracy) to offer virtual summer internships in politics and public service. These internships are open to UVA students who have lost summer jobs or internships due to the pandemic, and applications are due May 15. Learn more at UVA Today.

Sorensen Announces 2020 Political Leaders Program Class

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2020 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!

VA Senate Gains Two Sorensen Alumnae

Senators-elect Ghazala Hashmi (D-Richmond) and Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) met and hit it off in March at Sorensen’s Candidate Training Program. In November, each prevailed in harshly partisan contests in suburban swing districts. Now they've been featured together in the Washington Post.

PLP Class of 2019 Join the Ranks of Sorensen Institute Alumni

The Class of 2019 completed their PLP journey on Dec. 13-14 in Charlottesville. Joining them for their Friday graduation dinner was UVA President Jim Ryan. President Ryan sat down with Sorensen executive director Tom Walls for a conversation on leadership.