Phil Ting was elected to the State Assembly in 2012, representing the 19th Assembly District which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City. In his pursuit of consensus-based solutions to problems facing California, he is a leading voice in fighting for education reform and reinvestment, harnessing technology for a cleaner economy and more open government, and equal rights for all Californians. As the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, he brings real world experience to the state’s ongoing debate on tax reform given his prior service as the former Assessor-Recorder for San Francisco. For further information about Ting’s committee assignments in the State Assembly, click here.
Ting has authored a number of breakthrough measures, including new laws that:
- help thousands more students obtain a Cal Grant to help pay for college,
- strengthen hand gun laws to protect kids,
- help homeowners invest in water and energy efficient technologies,
- expand online transparency requirements for state boards and commissions,
- require tax fairness for same sex couples,
- help English language learners engage state government,
- expand urban agriculture and community gardens, and
- free communities to build safer, more modern urban biking infrastructure.
Ting was also a leader in the effort to revolutionize how K-12 schools are funded. Since the fall of 2014, the state directs more education funding to students confronting social inequities, like poverty or limited English language skills, through what is called the Local Control Funding Formula.
For information about Ting’s active legislation, click here.
Ting co-chairs the San Francisco Advisory Board for ChinaSF, a public-private partnership dedicated to creating economic development opportunities by making San Francisco the gateway for Chinese companies looking to establish business operations in the Bay Area. In the past, Phil served as a member of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority; as President of the Bay Area Assessors Association and the Organization of Chinese Americans-SF Bay Chapter; and on the boards of directors for the Equality California Institute and Cal Alumni Association.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Ting was the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, a position he used to:
- Close a five-year assessment backlog, resulting in $290 million in unpaid property taxes,
- Create GoSolarSF, a first-of-its-kind program that dramatically increased rooftop solar installations in San Francisco, as well as Reset San Francisco, an innovative online tool to help San Franciscans use technology to interact with government, and
- Spearhead efforts to help homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure by launching Don’t Borrow Trouble, an education and outreach program convening city officials and housing advocates to find local solutions to the foreclosure crisis; and
Ting began his career as a real estate financial advisor at Arthur Andersen and CB Richard Ellis. He is a past Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, an organization founded in 1972 to advance and promote the legal and civil rights of the Asian Pacific Islander community, and once served as Community Relations Director at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with his wife, Susan, and their two children.