PLP Alumni News

DeLuca Among McDonnell Appointees
Sep 3 2010 - 4:21pm

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.


Hatcher Profiled in C-ville Weekly
Sep 3 2010 - 4:06pm

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.




PODCAST: Heaphy on Cville Radio
Aug 16 2010 - 11:12pm

Tim Heaphy (PLP 2005) was a guest on "Charlottesville—Right Now!" this afternoon discussing his work as the U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Click here for the pocast.

Did you know? The Sorensen Institute has 7 alumni running for US Congress!
Aug 13 2010 - 10:11am

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.


Krystal Ball (VA-01)

Rick Waugh (VA-07)


Scott Rigell (VA-02)

Chuck Smith (VA-03)

Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Patrick Murray (VA-08)


Kenny Golden (VA-02)

Jaime Areizaga-Soto Joins USAID's General Counsel Office
Aug 12 2010 - 12:56pm
The Obama Administration appointed Jaime Areizaga-Soto (PLP '09) as Senior Attorney Advisor to the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  USAID General Counsel's office includes over sixty attorneys in the Washington office and more than forty serving in US missions around the world.
Jaime is a former White House Fellow, who also served as advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department.  He spent more than ten years in private practice, including Hogan & Hartson in its corporate securities practice group and Clifford Chance, where he specialized in cross border infrastructure finance.
Jaime is a US Army JAG Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard and a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Stanford University School of Law.  He also holds a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford.  Jaime, who lives in Arlington, is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.


Hutcheson Joins Williams Mullen
Aug 12 2010 - 12:21pm

 Ken Hutcheson (PLP 2003) was recently named Director of Government Affairs at Williams Mullen.  Congratulations, Ken! Click here for the full story.

McClellan Welcomes Baby Boy
Aug 12 2010 - 11:47am

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!

Gregory and Rhode Named Co-Chairs of Richmond Regional Board
Aug 9 2010 - 2:21pm

Eric Gregory (PLP 2007) and Bryan Rhode (PLP 2008, CTP Winter 2009) have been named the new co-chairs of the Richmond Regional Board.

In a recent statement to alumni and board members, Executive Director Bob Gibson said, "I am delighted to report that Richmond Regional Board members Eric Gregory and Bryan Rhode have agreed to co-chair their regional board. The previous chair, Delegate Chris Peace (PLP 2004), left the regional board this spring upon his election to Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board.

"Eric and Bryan have given much of their time, talents and resources to be active members and leaders in the Sorensen alumni family. We look forward to their leadership of the regional board as we enter the busy fall recruiting season for the next year's Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program classes. 
Thanks to both for stepping up."

Williams Announces for Norfolk City Council
Jul 29 2010 - 2:36pm

Angelia Williams (PLP 05) has announced her candidacy for the November 2 special election in Norfolk. Click here for news coverage.

Kumar Joins Army JAG Corps
Jul 14 2010 - 12:08pm

Sean Kumar (PLP 2005) celebrated America's independence on July 4 by joining the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the JAG Corps. He will be in Charlottesville for 11 weeks for physical and legal training followed by six weeks at Ft. Benning, GA.  In December Sean will report for his first duty assignment in Seoul, South Korea. Congratulations Sean!

Featured Alumni

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    Mike Taylor

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    The first person to graduate from three Sorensen programs, Mike was elected Sheriff of Pittsylvania County in November 2007. He is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Danville-Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005.