Hing Wong

Senior Regional Planner, Association of Bay Area Governments
President, American Planning Association, California Chapter (APA California)


Hing is a Senior Regional Planner at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and works in the Planning and Research department on regional and subregional planning issues for the San Francisco Bay Area that comprises of 101 cities and 9 counties.  Projects include the Sustainable Communities Strategy/Plan Bay Area, the Projections forecast, and the Regional Housing Need Allocation.  Hing analyzes and examines data from the Census Bureau and other sources in preparing regional forecasts and reports focusing on housing and land use.  He meets with local planners and reviews development along urban areas and transportation corridors which relates to land use opportunities.

Hing serves as the President of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA California).  APA California has a membership of 5,000 planners and advocates progressive planning that help builds better communities.  Hing is also one of the International Directors on the APA California Northern Section Board which organizes educational planning tours to other countries and set formal collaboration agreements with international agencies and organizations.  Past tours included Cuba, China, India, Brazil, and Eastern Europe.  The next tour will be to Southeast Asia in 2017.  Additionally, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Hing teaches graduate courses at San José State University on planning policies, mapping, and quantitative methodology.  Several of the courses involve collecting and analyzing data by modeling social, economic and quality of life issues.  The models include economic base analysis, input-output analysis, housing market analysis, population analysis, fiscal impact analysis, and transportation-land use.  Hing enjoys helping students understand quantitative data by analyzing urban research methods, designs, and measurements while using computer applications to formulate their assignments and preparing students to create and participate in neighborhood surveys relating to quality of life issues.

Hing received a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San José State University and has a Bachelor degree in Geography: Urban/Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.  Hing has been published in several publications:

Address climate change through land use”, San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 2008

“Regional Governance in the San Francisco Bay Area: The History of the Association of Bay Area Governments”, FOCUS, Volume 10 (a journal by the Department of City & Regional Planning at the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo), September 2013 

Another View: State should give cities more redevelopment aid”, Sacramento Bee, September 30, 2015.