Henry Sobanet

Office of State Planning and Budgeting

Henry Sobanet is a Denver native, educated at Regis High School, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Colorado at Denver. He was employed as an economist for five years at the Colorado Legislative Council, the nonpartisan research office for the state legislature.

Sobanet began working at the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in 1999 as Deputy Director. In September 2004, Governor Bill Owens appointed him to be Director of the office. In 2005, Sobanet 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, he helped develop and negotiate an innovative plan to address the State’s pension shortfall.

From 2007 to 2011, he was President of Colorado Strategies LLC, a firm that specialized in economics, public affairs, and strategic management.

In 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper selected Sobanet to return as Director of the Office of State Planning & Budgeting. Sobanet has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Commission on Information Management, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority, Colorado Transportation Commission and the Second Judicial District Nominating Commission.

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.