About Ben Sorensen

Ben grew up in a family committed to service. He is the proud product of Florida public schools and is passionate about working together to make Fort Lauderdale an incredible place to live, work, play and visit. 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, a program of the United Way of Broward County that focuses on reducing Veteran homelessness in Fort Lauderdale and helping military Veterans and their families. The third generation in his family to be a Presbyterian minister, Ben is a former volunteer Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Broward Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Broward County. Ben is a former member of the Broward County Human Rights Board, a former Guardian Ad Litem First Responder and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Council Board of Governors.

Ben is the third generation in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Ben’s grandfather served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. As a halftrack commander, his grandfather fought in Normandy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany, ultimately earning multiple combat awards including a Bronze Star. Ben’s father served in the Army as a Chaplain from 1960 to 1969, rising to the rank of Captain. Ben proudly serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander specializing in intelligence where his responsibilities include identifying, analyzing, and disseminating real-time intelligence in support of operational warfare. Ben has earned multiple awards for his service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

In 2007, Ben co-founded and currently serves as Vice President of Optimum Associates, LLC, which provides leadership, sales and management training to large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Ben has earned six degrees: a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Doctor of Ministry from Amridge University, a Master of Divinity from Amridge University, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Arts of Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. While at Georgetown Law, Ben studied International Trade Law under current United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

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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