PLP Alumni News

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.

Democrats

Krystal Ball (VA-01)

Rick Waugh (VA-07)

Republicans

Scott Rigell (VA-02)

Chuck Smith (VA-03)

Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Patrick Murray (VA-08)

Independents

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!

Adkins is New Martinsville Mayor
Jul 6 2010 - 11:50am

 

 

Congratulations to Kim Adkinds (PLP 2007) for having been recently sworn in as Mayor of the City of Martinsville!

Click here for full news story.

Sorensen Alumni Win in June 8 Primaries
Jun 8 2010 - 9:40pm

Robert Hurt (PLP 2000) has won the 5th District Republican Primary tonight. He will face off against incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello in the November 2010 election.

Scott Rigell (PLP 2005) won the Republican Primary tonight in Virginia's 2nd District. Rigell will face incubent Democratic Congressman Glenn Nye this November.

Gregory Promoted to Assistant Attorney General
Jun 8 2010 - 12:11am

Eric Gregory (PLP 2007) has been promoted to Assistant Attorney General, Director of Compliance & Special Counsel at the OAG, where he manages and oversee all of the office’s ethics, conflict of interest and freedom of information act compliance, manages appointments of special/outside counsel, and handles some legislative/public policy duties.
 
Eric will also be a member of an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from June 17-29 this month.  He’ll be meeting with various government, political and public policy leaders from the Israeli and Palestinian Territory governments and agencies and learning more about their political systems, economies, governmental structures and institutions, and cultures. 

Congratulations Eric!

Featured Alumni

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    Alfonso Lopez

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2003

    Alfonso was the Director of the Virginia Liaison Office during the Kaine administration. In 2011 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. He also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Northern Virginia Regional Board.