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Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts - Staff

Director. Ben Noble was appointed as Director of the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts in December 2021.  He previously served as the Director of the City's Budget Office for eight years and the Director of the Seattle City Council's Central Staff for more than seven years.  He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.

Senior Economist. Jan Duras has been with the forecasting team since 2019. Prior to joining City of Seattle, he worked in government and academia, conducting research and teaching macroeconomics, forecasting, labor economics, and public economics. Jan received his M.A. degree in economics from CERGE-EI and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (Forecast Council) provides independent oversight of the economic and revenue forecasts that underlie the City's annual budget process.  The Forecast Council directs the work of the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts, which is tasked with developing these forecasts, and performing related analyses on behalf of the Council. The Forecast Council has four members: Mayor or designee, the Director of Finance, the Council President or designee, and the Chair of the City Council Finance Committee or designee.  Current membership includes:

Council President Debora Juarez;

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda;

Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell; and

City Finance Director Glen Lee