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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.


Want to get involved? Email the contact of the committee below you are interested in joining.

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: Jan. 6, 8:30 a.m., Business Support Center, 16 N. 3rd. Street  (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: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The Advocacy Committee met Nov. 23.  Staff provided an update about Project Homekey at the Pacific Motor Inn site, redistricting maps with a recommendation to keep the downtown core intact (cohesive as to one council district),  ADA compliance, and Al Fresco.

Next Meeting: Jan. 18, 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 shared financial review, MOMENT and EDA grant updates at its last meeting.  Contract renewal for MOMENT with SJMADE discussed as well as potential expansion of MOMENT, expanding to parklet, street, and/or garage bays.

Next Meeting: Feb. 16, 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

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The committee met Oct. 28 and reviewed Apollo from Urban Catalyst located on Stockton Ave. and discussed Golden Nail Award nominations.

 Next meeting: TBD, 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: TBD

Downtown Parking Board

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

SJDA Chair: Henry Cord

Contact: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met Nov. 3 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: March 2, 10 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call 

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Brian Bates

Contact: Dori Gao

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met on Dec. 1.  FY 21-22 first quarter financial statements were presented. The Finance Committee reviewed updates to the FY 21-22 budget.  

Next Meeting: TBD., via Zoom Conference Call 

Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness


Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Nov. 10 to receive updates about PATH’s pilot storage program, and learn about the PBID’s proposed social impact team.

Next Meeting: TBD

Historic District

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

Chair:  Eric Nielsen

Contact: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: Agenda for the next meeting will include introducing the new Community Engagement Manager, lighting changes for the holidays, Groundwerx update and a recap of the Nov. 29 Al Fresco meeting that discussed the future of the Post Street closure.

Next Meeting: Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m., location 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 Nov. 16 the PBID Board of Directors met to approve a draft management plan for district renewal and receive staff updates.

Next Meeting: Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m., location TBD

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 Nov. 18 on Zoom.  Doors installation updates were received.  Trustees focused on next steps with Board recruitment. Autumn Young has agreed to join the board in January.  Initial discussion for February retreat to create a future strategy for the Foundation.  

Next Meeting: Jan. 13, 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

Contact: Julie Carlson

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

Contact: Donna Butcher

Past Meeting: SoFAC met on Nov. 17 in person at LvLUproar.  40+ people attended, all wearing masks to discuss the HomeKey Project / Pacific Motor Inn.  Many attendees spoke and the discussion proved that this is a very split issue.  Alan Marques let everyone know that this was his last meeting as the Chair and introduced the new co-chairs, Kevin Wick and Dap Ashaolu.  Everyone was invited to the SJDA Annual Meeting.  

Next Meeting: Jan. 19, 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 Oct. 22 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety, feeding, tree trimming, maintenance and activation.  Meeting date changed due to Thanksgiving Holiday.  

Next Meeting: TBD

Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Nov. 10 to receive updates about PATH’s pilot storage program, and learn about the PBID’s proposed social impact team.

Next Meeting: TBD, via Zoom Conference Call

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez


Please let us know if you are interested in helping us with our events, art and street life activations or representing SJDA and downtown businesses at City Council or City Hall meetings.
Send a note with your volunteer interests to