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Henry Sobanet, Director

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"There is no secret pot of money to help solve the state’s well-documented budget shortfalls,” Hickenlooper said. “Henry Sobanet knows his way around the state budget and will be an important part of our team as we work to recover from this historic economic downturn."


Gov. John Hickenlooper named Henry Sobanet to return as Director of the Office of State Planning & Budgeting in 2011. In this role, Sobanet is responsible for the budget forecasting of the State’s revenues and budget planning.


Sobanet was President of Colorado Strategies LLC, a firm that specialized in economics, public affairs and strategic management. He earlier worked at the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in 1999 as Deputy Director. In September 2004, Gov. Bill Owens appointed him to be Director of the office. In 2005, Henry was the lead negotiator and researcher for the Governor’s Office in reaching a compromise with the legislature on the State’s budget shortfall. This effort resulted in Referendum C, which was adopted by the voters in November 2005. In 2006, Henry helped develop and negotiate an innovative plan to address the State’s pension shortfall.


Sobanet worked as an economist at the Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research office for the state legislature. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Commission on Information Management; the Statewide Internet Portal Authority; the Colorado Transportation Commission; and the 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission.


Sobanet is a Denver native and attended Regis High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.


About the Office of State Planning and Budgeting: 

The Office provides the Governor with the revenue and budget information needed to make public policy decisions. It does this by: developing revenue estimates, creating budgets within revenue constraints, drafting proposals for new legislation, tracking legislation and monitoring the legislative budget process and implementation, and providing public information. Housed within the Offices of the Governor, OSPB is led by a Director working with a team that includes a Chief Analyst and a Chief of Economics.