Ben-Soukup-March-2017  Dr. Benjamin J. Soukup
Board Member

Dr. Benjamin J. Soukup is President, owner and founder of Soukup Companies, a new private, for-profit business with holdings in several different investments and entities including: real estate, communications, beverage and product ventures, and other developments.

Ben was the founder and chairman of the board of Communications Services for the Deaf (CSD), an international nonprofit organization serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Ben is widely acclaimed for having spent nearly 40 years as a human rights advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people. He has built a sterling reputation as an entrepreneur, humanitarian, lobbyist/political activist, educator, inspirational role model and leader in the area of disabilities.

Ben served on Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees from 2001 – 2007 and as Chair from 2007 – 2014.

As former president of the National Association of the Deaf and as a former U.S. delegate to the World Federation of the Deaf, he has met with world leaders, presidents and members of Congress in an effort to improve public accessibility and increase public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals worldwide.

He served on the Interactivity Foundation’s policy panel focused on first-generation college students and has served on two other policy panels: “Future of Civil Rights” and “Future of Childhood”.  He spent 8+ years as a “Big Brother.”  Steven has a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College in Chicago; he became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2007.