Our Mission

Recognizing the challenges of 21st century governance, we deliver public impact research and multi-sector leadership development to build the capacity of Virginia's communities, organizations, and institutions to serve the Commonwealth.

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Adam Ashley and Tarina Ahuja, Founders of the Greater Good Initiative
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.
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SEI and LEAD logos

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

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Elizabeth Marshall

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

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Sorensen class participants

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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Hands praying

Senior Demographer Shonel Sen and PhD intern Rebecca Bultman co-authored a new StatChat report that takes a look at the religious makeup of Virginia and its localities.

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Fireworks

Molly Harlow is the new Interim Assoc. Director of Leadership Development Programs, Beth Bennett is the new Assoc. Director of Certification Programs and Jennifer Nelson is the Assoc. Director of Membership and Engagement.

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Electric Transmission Lines

In order to successfully transition to renewable energy sources, Virginia will need to plan to meet the substantial growth in electricity demand expected over the next decade.

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Richmond James River Bridge

GO Virginia Region 3 and the Weldon Cooper Center partner to advance economic development in Southern Virginia by expanding resources and the Commonwealth’s network.

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Solar power on building

The Weldon Cooper Center now offers the SolSmart Program which makes going solar cheaper, easier, and faster for communities across the Commonwealth.

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Benjamin Wendorf
We collected over 600 testimonials from people across diverse sectors who are using the racial dot map in a variety of ways, often to promote equity and inclusivity in their communities.
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Electric Car Charging

How can Virginia reach its clean energy goals by 2050? This report emphasizes the feasibility of carbon neutrality for Virginia and explores four strategies to get us there.