About Ben Sorensen

Dr. Ben Sorensen grew up in a family committed to service to others. He is passionate about working together to make Fort Lauderdale an incredible place to live, work and play. Ben has long worked with neighbors in Fort Lauderdale to address issues facing our city and he believes in not just talking about problems but in implementing solutions. He is a founding member of Mission United, the United Way of Broward County’s effort to reduce veteran homelessness in Fort Lauderdale and help military veterans and their families. He is also a Presbyterian minister and a volunteer Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Ben is on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Broward Foundation, a member of the Broward County Human Rights Board, and a Guardian Ad Litem First Responder. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and is on its Downtown Council Board of Governors.

Ben also serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant specializing in intelligence. His responsibilities include identifying, analyzing, and disseminating real-time intelligence in support of operational warfare. One of the greatest honors of his life is wearing the U.S. Navy uniform for nearly ten years and to serve alongside the most talented military leaders in the world. He has earned multiple awards for his service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In 2005, seeing a need for organizations to operate more efficiently and better develop leaders, Ben co-founded Optimum Associates, LLC, which provides leadership, sales and management training to Fortune 100 corporations and non-profits around the world. Ben believes in taking the best practices of business, specifically efficient operation and a focus on the customer, to government. Ben earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Doctor of Ministry from Amridge University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. Ben is married to Anna Sorensen, who works at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and they are proud parents of Alexandra and Louise.


                                               Say ‘NO’ to Development that will Hurt Our Neighborhoods and Quality of Life.


Improving Our Infrastructure – Our city’s sewer system has been massively neglected. An estimated $1.4 billion is needed to fix our sewer system. This will be job #1 for me as your Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner. In addition we have $1 billion in need for our stormwater system. We need to seek immediate solutions to improve our sewer and stormwater systems and when we upgrade those systems we need to make our city more resilient and prepare for continued rising sea levels. Fort Lauderdale should be the thought leader in how to address sea level rise and showcase innovative solutions to the world.
Ensuring Smart Development – We live in a wonderful city with beautiful neighborhoods and a thriving downtown. In order to preserve our quality of life, sites for development and growth must be carefully chosen. Ben is working to ensure that development is concentrated in the best locations and focused in key areas in Ft. Lauderdale, namely downtown, to ensure a high quality of life for all residents and keeping traffic and congestion to a minimum.


Improve Traffic Congestion – As all residents of Fort Lauderdale are aware on a daily basis, the traffic congestion on our main corridors needs to be addressed. Ben plans to implement traffic light synchronization systems to keep traffic moving through our most congested areas. 

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