Ben Sorensen was elected as the Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner of District 4 on March 13, 2018 and sworn in on March 20, 2018. He is also currently serving as Vice Mayor.
Ben Sorensen grew up in a family committed to service to others and 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 of the United Way of Broward County, which focuses on reducing veteran homelessness in Fort Lauderdale and helping military veterans and their families. He is also a Presbyterian minister and a former volunteer Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Ben is 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 proudly 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 has been wearing the U.S. Navy uniform for more than 10 years and serving 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 2007, 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.
Vice Mayor Sorensen can be reached via email at BSorensen@fortlauderdale.gov.