Staff Directory

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    Executive Director

    Bob Gibson is executive director of the Sorensen Institute. Before coming to Sorensen in the early spring of 2008, he was a political writer, columnist and editor at the Charlottesville Daily Progress for 30 years, where he specialized in covering local, state, and national politics.

    He is the winner of several Virginia Press Association awards, the 1993 Virginia Bar Association Award in the Field of Law and Justice and the 1993 Southern Journalism Award for investigative reporting about racial disparities in sentencing. He is also familiar to many Virginians as a guest on public radio WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington and as a host of various shows on public radio WVTF.

    Bob is married to Sarah McConnell and together they have three daughters. They are graduates of the University of Virginia who also have taken the same classes together for six years at UVA to earn masters degrees in education in May of 2014.

    (434) 982-4998, bob.gibson@virginia.edu

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    Development and Events Coordinator

    As development and events coordinator, Rachel is responsible for the logistical arrangements for all Sorensen Institute programs and special events. She also provides support in the area of development, helping with donor stewardship and cultivation. Rachel and Lauren work together to manage Sorensen’s social media presence. 

    (434) 982-5234, rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu

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    Director of Programs

    Lauren joined the Sorensen Institute in January of 2012 and currently serves as director of programs. In this role she has primary responsibility for overseeing all of the Sorensen Institute's programs, including all program analysis and evaluation. She is also responsible for coordinating and executing recruitment and outreach efforts for all Sorensen programs, and she works in partnership with Rachel Casebolt to manage Sorensen’s social media presence.

    434-243-2844, lauren.gilbert@virginia.edu

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    Deputy Director and Director of Development

    Colleen Smith is a long-standing figure in the field of development and fundraising in the Commonwealth. She has held pivotal roles around Virginia for over 25 years, focusing on the expansion of deserving programs like the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier, Ash Lawn Opera, Tandem Friends School, and the University of Virginia's Darden School and McIntire School.

    Colleen is currently the deputy director and director of development for the Sorensen Institute, where she continues to focus on the health and well-being of its operations. 

    (434) 982-4910, cms3q@virginia.edu

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    Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

    Tracy Tanner Bond has made a nearly thirty year career at the University of Virginia. Before joining Sorensen in 2006, her background at the University has been diverse, from experience in the Bursar's Office, Construction and Facilities Management and Real Estate Contract Administration. Her financial and administrative experience has been a wonderful resource in managing the financial operations for this non-profit organization. 

    Giving back to the community is a passion of Tracy's, and through community outreach and Alumni volunteers of the Sorensen Institute, we have been successful with food drives, book drives and serving as part of Remote Area Medical team in Wise, Virginia.

    (434) 982-4943, ttm@virginia.edu

Featured Alumni

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    Conaway Haskins

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2006

    Conoway is the Director of Sponsored Research and Economic Development at Virginia State University. He perviously served as Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Jim Webb.