ACCESS. COLLABORATION. COMMUNITIES. IMPACT

Guided by these four values, the Cooper Center is reimagining what public service means, how the work is carried out, and who is included in the conversation. Through our research, leadership development programs, and local government engagement initiatives, we continue to work toward our vision of good governance, equity, and resilience in every Virginia community.

The Senior Executive Institute and LEAD have been redesigned to meet the needs of today's local government leaders. Learn more and apply. 

Elizabeth Marshall was recently accepted into the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute (VNRLI), a professional development program for emerging leaders.

The Sorensen Institute, LEAD, SEI and Certification are continuing to offer virtual offerings this fall but in-person programs as well.

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Adam Ashley and Tarina Ahuja, Founders of the Greater Good Initiative

“The Greater Good Initiative is one of kind and we are trailblazing in the youth organizing community thanks to Sorensen.”

Adam Ashley | Founder, GGI

 

"In HSLP we were deeply immersed in policy-making, which gave us the skills and confidence to start the Greater Good Initiative."

Tarina Ahuja | Founder, GGI

Inspired by their experience in the Sorensen Institute’s High School Leaders Program (HSLP) where they were immersed in the world of policy-making, and driven by their belief that “youth voice belongs in politics and in policy,” Tarina Ahuja and Adam Ashley made the decision to start the Greater Good Initiative (GGI), a youth-led policy think tank. 

Stories of Impact

HOW OUR WORK MATTERS

We want to know the value that people find in working with us. We want to live up to that value and incorporate it in every project we undertake. Quite simply, we want our work to matter. On this page, we share with you, a collection of stories of how our work has made a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

REIMAGINING PUBLIC SERVICE: OUR 2020-2025 STRATEGIC PLAN

Through this five-year plan, the Weldon Cooper Center aims to build on our historical strengths, while joining forces with the increasingly diverse group of stakeholders and leaders working diligently to improve public life in Virginia and beyond. Through collaboration, innovation, inclusion, and attention to impact, we aim to engage the University in making the Commonwealth a national model for good governance and resilient communities. View the plan.

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Leadership Development

Practical and tested training programs and coaching to build leaders at all levels

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Research and Analysis

Trusted data and analysis applied to your context and questions

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Government Support

Best practices and emerging trends identified by practitioners for practitioners

INTERSECTIONS IN PUBLIC SERVICE PODCAST SERIES

This series looks at public service through a varied lens from affordable housing to climate change to public leadership.

 

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