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The San Jose Downtown Association

The SJDA is a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1986 to represent business and property owners. We make downtown a better place for business, residents and visitors through events, advocacy, marketing and more. The best way to get involved is to come to a meeting. Our various committees our summarized below and meet regularly.

San Jose Downtown Association

Board of Directors

Executive Committee Members

Katia McClain
Steinberg Hart

Vice President of Operations:
Jarrod Jenkins

VP of Marketing:
Frank Nguyen
Academic Coffee

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Elizabeth Truong
Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.

Immediate Past President:
Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP


Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

Alan “Gumby” Marques
Heroes Martial Arts

Dan Pulcrano
Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers

Jeanne Serpa
Republic Services

Neda Tabatabaie
San Jose Sharks

Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank


Dap Ashaolu
Nirvana Soul

Joshua Burroughs
Urban Catalyst

Ernst Calais

Elizabeth Cirone
Hopkins & Carley

Brian Corbett

Gino De Bernardo
Downtown resident

Breanna Gilbert 
Downtown Resident

Nick Goddard
Colliers International

Matt Lituchy
Jay Paul Company

Daniel Marsh
Hoge Fenton

Sam Ramirez
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio

Chris Neale
The Core Companies

Eric Nielsen
55 South and SP2

Garrett Perez
Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC

Thoi “Toy” Trinh
The Good Spot 

Emily Ruvalcaba
Bridge Bank

Stan Vuckovich

Interested in joining the board? Email Nathan Ulsh at


Want to get involved? Let us know which committee you’re interested in joining. Email Corinna Dixon at

Executive Committee

The President of the Board of Directors chairs this 11-member committee. The immediate past president is ex-officio member. This committee manages the activities and affairs of the association and exercises all powers granted to the Board by the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. Makes policy, advocacy and program recommendations to

Chair: Katia McClain

Next Meeting: Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call  (committee members only)

Advocacy Committee

Represents downtown business and property owner to government and elected officials. Develops recommendations on policies impacting downtown. Supports other committees including parking and BART. Sets SJDA’s positions on specific issues including housing, retail, crime, cleanlinss and shuttles. Meets as needed.

Chair: David Buchholz

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The Advocacy Committee met Sept. 28.  Staff provided an update about the Light Rail Track Barriers, reviewed letter to Downtown Parking Board from SoFA committee requesting parking solutions as new development will remove parking.  Discussed the proposed Crane Fee policy to be voted on at council today. 

Next Meeting: Oct. 26, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Community Development Corporation

The mission of this committee is to attract investment to downtown San Jose, facilitate real estate development and investment, support downtown San Jose businesses, contribute to the overall economic health of downtown, and respond to unforeseen development opportunities throughout the downtown core.

Contact: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The DCDC met on May 19.  Financial review, MOMENT and EDA grant updates were shared.  Contract renewal for MOMENT with SJMADE discussed as well as potential expansion of MOMENT, expanding to parklet, street, and/or garage bays.

Next Meeting: Nov. 17, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Design Committee

Consists of architects, designers, and urbanists advocating for design excellence in the downtown core using. The committee honors outstanding projects with Golden Nail awards.

Chair: Brian Corbett

Past Meeting: The committee met Sept. 2 and reviewed NABR from Terrascape located on South 3rd and San Salvador Streets.

 Next meeting: Oct 28, 4 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call 

Downtown Commercial Properties

Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties.  Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Sept. 1 to discuss downtown illuminations projects, receive an update on Downtown for the Holidays, and share out current best practices in property management. 

Next Meeting: Dec. 1, 10 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Parking Board

This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.

SJDA Chair: Henry Cord

Past Meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met Sept. 1 and received reports on Parking Fund finances, capital program, on street meter reserves and parking permit program concept for reserving monthly parking with long term leases in PARKSJ garages.

Next Meeting: Oct. 12, 10 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Brian Bates

Contact: Dori Gau

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met on Sept. 27.  The auditors from our outside CPA firm presented the audited FY 20-21 SJDA and PBID  financial statement drafts. The Finance Committee reviewed the FY 21-22 Budget. 

Next Meeting: TBD

Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Sept. 9 to receive updates about PATH’s pilot storage program, the assisted outpatient treatment advocacy opportunities and discuss additional potential advocacy items for the committee.

Next Meeting: TBD

Historic District

Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The Historic District met Sept. 29 and discussed Al Fresco and Post Street partial closure, local construction updates, and a follow up on the VTA proposal to install barriers along the light rail tracks.  The committee will meet again in November.

Next Meeting: TBD


Provides oversight and makes recommendations on SJDA’s long-term and short-term goals involving branding, marketing efforts, and promotions.  Ensures that a consistent, positive message is being delivered to the public about Downtown San Jose and SJDA. Meets as needed.

Contact: Julie Carlson

Past Meeting: This team met on March 10  and discussed the branding efforts for downtown and key districts including a rollout plan for the spring.

Next Meeting: TBD

PBID Board of Directors

The directors oversee management and finances of the property-based improvement district. It’s meeting notices, minutes and agendas are on the PBID pages of this website.

President: Chris Friese

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: On Aug. 17 the PBID Board met to discuss PBID renewal and receive staff updates.  Additionally, the PBID board elected a new president, and appointed two board members. 

Next Meeting: Oct. 8, 8:15 a.m., via Zoom Registered Webinar / Facebook Live

San Jose Downtown Foundation

The foundation hosts, organizes and fundraises for Downtown Doors and other art projects downtown. Visit the Foundation page on this website to learn more.

Contact: Donna Butcher

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on Sept. 2.  The discussion was focused mainly on the Doors Reception 2021 and the decision to move forward with a virtual reception again for this year on Oct. 14.  This will allow us to also honor the “extended class” that did not get to have a formal reception due to the pandemic in 2020. Sponsors are still needed and Trustees will reach out to District Council members for honorariums.

Next Meeting: Oct. 21, Noon, via Zoom Conference Call (maybe in person, still TBD)

San Pedro Square Committee

This committee works on marketing, events, safety and other issues in the San Pedro Square neighborhood.

Co- Chair: David Mulvehill and Randy Musterer

Past Meeting: The committee met on Sept. 30 via Zoom. Updates were given on the al fresco and San Pedro street closure, new programmable lights on the San Pedro Square arch, retail shops at Moment, Little Italy neighborhood, businesses reopening and new businesses opening in San Pedro and the plan to roll out San Pedro Square’s social media. Businesses were also reminded to register and update their listings on the San Pedro Square website:

Next Meeting: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past Meeting: SoFAC met on Sept. 22 in person at Good Spot.  20+ people attended, all wearing masks. Thoi provided delicious refreshments! The agenda included:  Parking issues and SJDA’s letter to the parking board regarding Convention Center parking; event updates from event producers; PBID renewal updates; information on the Serpentine Pavilion; Farmers’ Market updates; and invitations to the SJDA Annual Meeting.  The general SoFA Committee meets every other month.  

Next Meeting: Nov. 17, 1 p.m. location TBD

St. James Park Advisory Committee

This committee deals with issues related to the park and activities in it. It also working with others on redesigning the park.

Contact: Sarah Billings

Past Meeting: The Advisory Committee met Sept. 24 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety, feeding, tree trimming, maintenance and activation.  

Next Meeting: Oct. 22, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Sept. 9 to receive updates about PATH’s pilot storage program, the assisted outpatient treatment advocacy opportunities and discuss additional potential advocacy items for the committee.

Next Meeting: Oct. 14, 10 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

SoFA Leadership Team

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez