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About Isaac

With a background in the military, public policy, urban planning, entrepreneurship, and civic technology, Isaac has dedicated the majority of this career to building a meaningful relationship with government.

Isaac’s vision is to improve the average citizen’s relationship with local government by improving the design of our physical, digital, and legal environments.


Public Policy @ Duke University

Officer of the US Navy

4 years Active Duty - 1st Tour: Division Officer // 2nd Tour: Force Protection Officer
5 years Reserves - Maritime Air Operations // Ad Hoc Chinese (Mandarin) Linguist

Urban Planner

Active Transportation Planner: improving street design to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
I love urban design and geographic information systems (GIS), and hope to bring a data-informed decision making framework in conjunction with robust community input to produce human-centered streets.

Tech Entrepreneur

Founder of Field Progress: geospatial analysis and data visualization tools for political campaigns and advocacy groups.
Participant in Bunker Labs, business incubator for military veterans.

Civic Technologist

Brigade Captain of Open San Diego: lead a volunteer public interest technology organization building better technology for public good. Our work brings programmers, data scientists, designers, activists, and local officials together to collaborate on projects to improve the city.


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This campaign is about urban planning for 21st century problems.

Climate Policy = Transit Policy = Housing Policy

It’s all built on a foundation of land-use and zoning.

There is scientific consensus on climate change. If we do not substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the next 10 years, our planet will suffer catastrophic consequences.

In San Diego, over 50% of GHG emissions come from transportation. We must reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This requires a mindset of transit-oriented development.

This means we must...

Plan land-use and transit together, rather than separately.

Build more housing in immediate vicinity to transit stations.

Build more office space within walking distance of transit stations.

Extend frequent and reliable transit to current job centers.

People must move efficiently between Live/Work/Play.

Urban geometry doesn’t change in land constrained environments.

Preferences for future workforce housing and transit policies are changing.

We must adjust to new conditions and adapt to the 21st century.

To achieve these goals, we must...

Update community plans and reform zoning to encourage mixed land uses and
implement design guidelines to improve walkability and cycling.

We must make it easier to get to transit stations without a car.

We must increase number of transit stations andmake biking and walking to stations safe and easy.

By solving the last mile problem,we can turn transit stations into true mobility hubs for changing modes, and reduces number of short car trips.

Once we reduce car-dependency for short trips, it allows us to...

Rethink land-use to improve quality of life.

American cities currently allocate ~50% of land to parking lots and roads.

This is inefficient and irresponsible. Fundamentals of economics do not change.

San Diego is land constrained. We must use land efficiently.

Better mass transit allows us to convert land for roads and parking to much more productive uses:
Parks and Gardens, Public Squares for Civic Engagement, Creative Workspace, Housing...

Pretty much anything else is better than cement for parking and roads.

To read more policy focuses: isaac.vote/policy

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Paid for by Isaac Wang for City Council 2020 FPPC ID# 1416799

Isaac Wang is a member of the Navy Reserve. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.