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On August 6th, Governor McDonnell announced that he has appointed Andrea Young, an alumni of both the 2009 Political Leaders Program and the 2010 Winter Candidate Training Program, to the Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation. Hailing from McLean, VA; Andrea currently serves as a Partner with McLean Capital, LLC.
The Board of Conservation and Recreation advises the Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation on State Park master plans and substantial amendments. In addition, the Board reviews requests for grants or loans pertaining to outdoor recreation and trail development. The Board conducts fund-raising activities for the State Parks Projects Fund and reviews designations proposed for scenic highways and Virginia byways. Lastly, the Board is available to the Director of the Department of conservation and Recreation, as requested, in duties and responsibilities pertaining to the Department's programs. The Board of Conservation and Recreation performs all duties and responsibilities formerly held by the Board on Conservation and the Development of Public Beaches.
On September 10th, Governor McDonnell announced that he has appointed Bryce Reeves, an alumnus of both the 2009 Political Leaders Program and the 2010 Winter Candidate Training Program, to the Virginia Military Advisory Council. Bryce, from Spotsylvania County, currently serves as President of Bryce Reeves Insurance and Financial Services.
The Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC) was established to maintain a cooperative and constructive relationship between the Commonwealth and the leadership of the Armed Forces of the United States. VMAC's mission also extends to the military commanders stationed in the Commonwealth, where they work together to encourage regular communication on continued military facility viability, the exploration of privatization opportunities and issues affecting preparedness, public safety and security.
The Sorensen Institute is proud to announce that the application process for the 2011 Political Leaders Program and the 2011 Candidate Training Program has begun! Below, you will find some helpful information concerning the two programs.
The Political Leaders Program is a leadership development program for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service. Participation in this program has become a traditional “first step” for future political leaders in the Commonwealth. Participants spend one weekend a month from March through December traveling across the state along with 30-32 other civic minded individuals. Cost of the Political Leaders Program is $2250.
The Candidate Training Program is an intensive, four-day program focused on the fundamentals of running a winning campaign for office. Participants will explore the nuts and bolts of building a strong campaign from the ground up- all within the context of ethics and principled public service. Cost of the Candidate Training Program is $750 for a double room and $900 for a single room.
The Sorensen Institute seeks participants from all political affiliations, socio-economic backgrounds andprofessions from Virginia. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available. For an easy way to apply, click the button to the right! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 434-982-4943 or email our Director of Programs, April Auger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline for the 2011 Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program is 5:00 pm, November 8, 2010.
Governor McDonnell has appointed Steve Deluca (PLP 08) to the State Child Fatality Review Team. This multi-disciplinary team includes physicians and representatives from state and local agencies who provide services to families and children or who may be involved in the investigation of child deaths.
C-Ville Weekly, a local Charlottesville news and arts paper, has profiled Holly Hatcher, an alumna of the SorensenInstitute's Political Leaders Program, Class of 2004. The weekly's cover proclaims, "Holly Hatcher is changing the face of local philanthropy, one donor at a time." Ms. Hatcher currently serves as Director of Programs and Donor Engagement for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF). Way to go Holly!
Check out the full story here.
This year, the Sorensen Institute is proud to claim several congressional candidates as our Alumni. These Sorensen grads are running in United States Congressional races all across Virginia and are striving to implement the lessons they learned at Sorensen into their campaigns. These candidates give hope to the Sorensen idea that politics can be about the heated clash of ideas, but that our differences do not have to divide us. Below you'll find a link to each of the candidates websites.
Jennifer McClellan (PLP 2001; CTP 2005) and David Mills welcomed Jackson McClellan Mills this week. Jack arrived at 5:19 p.m. on August 9, weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz. Mom, Dad, and Jack are back home and doing well. Congratulations, Jenn and Dave!