PLP Alumni News

Young Appointed to Board of Conservation and Recreation
Sep 15 2010 - 9:41am

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.

Reeves Appointed to Virginia Military Advisory Council
Sep 15 2010 - 9:23am

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.

Congratulations Bryce!

2011 PLP and CTP Application Process has begun.
Sep 7 2010 - 9:51am

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

The application deadline for the 2011 Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program is 5:00 pm, November 8, 2010.



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!

Featured Alumni

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    Kelly Cannon

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2007

    Kelly is the past Executive Director for Virginia21, the nation's first political action committee for college students. She is Director of the Run for the Dream road race weekend in Williamsburg, benefitting An Achievable Dream and Wounded Warrior programs.