CLP Alumni News

PODCAST: CLP 2007 Graduation— Jody Wagner
Jul 4 2007 - 11:44am

Jody Wager (shown at left with Sean O'Brien) is the Secretary of Finance for the Commonwealth of Virginia and a graduate of the Sorensen Institute's Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1994.

Secretary Wagner delivered the Graduation Address at this year's College Leaders Program commencement. She discussed the current state of the Commonwealth and urged the graduates to get involved in public service.


PODCAST: CLP 2007 Graduation— Spirit of Citizenship
Jul 3 2007 - 2:25pm

Ara Friedman (Randolph Macon's Women's College '09) was this year's recipient of the Spirit of Citizenship Award, which recognizes a commitment to public service and citizen engagement, leadership, participation, enthusiasm, and commitment. The award was presented by Sorensen's Marc Johnson.


PODCAST: CLP 2007 Graduation— Regis McKoy
Jul 3 2007 - 8:10am

Regis McKoy (Radford University '07) delivered the Class Address for the College Leaders Program Class of 2007.


PODCAST: CLP 2007 Graduation— Tom Shields
Jul 2 2007 - 1:54pm

Dr. Tom Shields is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Education at the University of Richmond and an instructor in the College Leaders Program. Dr. Shields addressed the graduating class, after having been introduced by Marc Johnson, Director of Youth Programs at the Sorensen Institute.


PODCAST: College Leaders Program Class of 2007 Graduation
Jul 2 2007 - 9:52am

The Sorensen Institute celebrated the graduation of its College Leaders Program Class of 2007 on Saturday, June 30, in Charlottesville. Family and friends came together to recognize twenty-three of our students for their successful completion of the nation's premiere youth leadership training program.

Sean O'Brien, the Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute, took the podium first, sharing the joy and honor he feels each summer working with some of Virginia's very best and brightest young people.


CLP Alumna Earns MPP and Lands Job at Brookings
Jun 20 2007 - 1:27pm

Laura Harris, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005 and a Youth Program Manager for the 2006 season, has recently graduated from George Mason University with a Master's Degree in Public Policy.

In the past week she has been offered and accepted a position at the Brookings Institution. Laura will be a Project Manager in Brookings' Economic Studies Department. She will be working on their Budgeting for National Priorities Project.

Congratulations Laura!

Hooper Heads to Richmond for the Summer
May 31 2007 - 11:06am



Elizabeth Hooper, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, will spend this summer in Richmond working as an Outreach Officer for Moving Virginia Forward, Governor Kaine's Political Action Committee.

Elizabeth just completed the first year in a two-year Master's program in Public Administration at Virginia Tech. She will be incorporating her experience this summer into her thesis and will graduate in May of 2008. Way to go Elizabeth!


CLP Grad Goes to Nova
May 29 2007 - 7:51am

An alumna of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, Holly Mattocks recently celebrated her graduation from the University of Virginia where she earned her degree in Foreign Affairs. She has quite a summer ahead of her.

Holly will be in Northern Virginia interning with State Senator Creigh Deeds' Gubernatorial campaign as well as working in the African Programs Department of the Search for Common Ground organization.

Congratulations Holly!

Tessler Graduates VCU and Lands New Job at Stanley Foundation
May 24 2007 - 1:48pm

Veronica Tessler, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, is celebrating her graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned degrees in Political Science and International Studies.

This summer Veronica will be moving to Iowa to begin a new job as Program Associate of Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley
, a "nonpartisan, private operating foundation focusing primarily on peace and security issues and advocating
principled multilateralism."

Congratulations Veronica!

Lamar Now Chair of Speaker's Re-election Bid
May 23 2007 - 8:56am

Andrew Lamar, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, celebrated his graduation from Mary Washington University last Saturday. Andrew earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Political Science.

He is a past State Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia and a 2006 recipient of the Patrick Henry Award for Public Service and Leadership.

Andrew is currently serving as the Chairman of Speaker Bill Howell's re-election campaign.

Congratulations Andrew!

Featured Alumni

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    Jesse Ferguson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Jesse serves as the Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    He was Brian Moran's Chief of Staff during Moran's tenure as Democratic Caucus Chairman in the Virginia House of Delegates and was also the communications director on Moran’s Democratic primary campaign for Governor. Jesse is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a co-founder and former Executive Director of Virginia21.