Sorensen Staff

Sean O'Brien on 1260AM WCHV
Jan 10 2006 - 12:32pm

Sean O'Brien was a guest this morning on WCHV 1260 AM in
Charlottesville. He discussed the upcoming General Assembly session
with a particular focus on proposed legislation and policy issues. Here
is a photo during the interview showing reporter Venton Blandin (left),
WCHV News Director and Morning host Tommie McNeil (center), and Sean

Audio of Sean O'Brien Interview Today on NewsRadio 1070 WINA
Jan 9 2006 - 6:06pm

Sean O'Brien, Dick Mountjoy, and Jane Foy

Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien was a guest this morning on
"Charlottesville LIVE" on NewsRadio 1070 WINA. Hosts and well-known
Charlottesville personalities Dick Mountjoy and Jane Foy asked Sean
about the mission and programs of the Sorensen Institute, the 2006
General Assembly session, and ethics in politics.

The complete audio from this morning's interview is attached to this
blog entry as a 5MB MP3 file. The recording lasts approximately 20
minutes. (audio note: there is one commercial break on this recording
which begins at 10 mins. 45 seconds and lasts until 14 mins. 44
seconds). Enjoy!

Sorensen Institute Welcomes New Director of Development
Jan 9 2006 - 5:00pm

Kim Hutchinson

The Sorensen Institute is pleased to welcome Kim Hutchinson to our
staff. Kim started just this morning as our new Director of
Development. Most recently Kim was the President and CEO of Easter
Seals of Virginia where she engineered an impressive turn-around for
the organization. Prior to that Kim was the Executive Director of the
Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Kim graduated from
the University of Richmond in 1991.

"I am delighted and honored to be a part of the Sorensen Institute,"
Kim said. "And I am looking forward to getting to know our alumni and
all the members of the Board."

"We are very proud to have Kim with us," said Sorensen's Executive
Director Sean O'Brien. "Kim brings years of experience and great
talents to the table. The Sorensen Institute will benefit tremendously
from her positive energy and knowledge."

Kim hit the ground running today, joining staff in planning for the
Sorensen Institute's Inaugural Reception in Williamsburg on Saturday.

Sorensen Institute Showcased at VGC Meeting
Jan 6 2006 - 1:02pm

Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute Sean O'Brien and Director
of Communications and Alumni Relations Coy Barefoot were invited to
address the Virginia Government Communicators organization at their
meeting yesterday in Richmond. The VGC represents nearly 150 public
service communicators who work with 80 state and local government
agencies and organizations.

Sean discussed the history and mission of the Sorensen Institute with
particular emphasis on our Candidate Training Program and Political
Leaders Program. Coy spoke about how to better work with the media and
about the Sorensen Institute's blogging and podcasting efforts.

Coy Barefoot and Sean  O'Brien are introduced at the

January 5 meeting of the Virginia Government Communicators.

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.