Phil Ting, the former Assessor-Recorder of the City and County of San Francisco, was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 19th Assembly District, which includes portions of the City and County of San Francisco as well as the communities of Colma, Daly City and South San Francisco. He currently serves as the Assembly’s Democratic Caucus Chair.
Prior to serving as Assessor-Recorder, Ting has had a long history of civil rights advocacy. He was the 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. He was a member of the Governing Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, was President of the Bay Area Assessors Association, was President of the Organization of Chinese Americans SF Bay Chapter and served on the boards of the Equality California Institute and the California Alumni Association (Go Bears!).
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As Assessor-Recorder, Ting transformed one of the city’s worst departments and made it faster, smarter and fairer. He worked to close a five-year backlog and generated more than $290 million in revenue without any new taxes by bringing new technology and employing his background in implementing large organizational reform.
Ting spearheaded efforts to help homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure, including launching Don’t Borrow Trouble, an education and outreach program convening city officials and advocates to find local solutions to the foreclosure crisis. This is a first-of-its-kind program that provides resource information to at-risk homeowners and tenants.
As the Assemblymember of the 19th District, Ting focuses on promoting a strong economy, funding our schools, promoting innovation in government, building trade ties to Asia, protecting homeowners facing foreclosures and attracting high-wage green jobs. He serves on the Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance; the Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee; the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee; the Revenue and Taxation Committee; the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture and the newly-created Select Committee on Campus Climate, which will investigate how state colleges respond to and prevent harassment and hate crimes on campus. He chairs the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion.
He also co-chairs the San Francisco Advisory Board for ChinaSF, a new 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.
Ting launched GoSolarSF, San Francisco’s solar energy incentive program, in July 2008. This first-of-its-kind local solar program has helped propel San Francisco from laggard to leader in rooftop solar installations. In 2010, Ting created Reset San Francisco to empower San Franciscans to make their voices heard at City Hall. As an online community, Reset San Francisco sources creative ideas and innovative solutions from city residents and policy experts to make the city’s government more efficient and effective.
Assemblymember Ting began his career as a real estate financial advisor, gaining practical and hands-on experience in fiscal management and property assessments while working at Arthur Andersen, CB Richard Ellis and SSR Realty Advisors (now Blackrock Realty).
Ting is a graduate of UC 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.