The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA)

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.


SJDA Executive Director Scott Knies’ “State of the Downtown” speech from October 11.


Please participate in the election of SJDA’s Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term by
submitting your ballot online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJDAmembersurvey2019


Find previous meeting minutes here.

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors


Executive Committee Members



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


VP of Operations:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart


VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Treasurer:

Doug Bartl

Oracle


Secretary:
Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich

KBM-Hogue

 
 


David Buchholz

Colliers International


Brian Corbett

Gensler


Chris Neale

The Core Companies

 


Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services

 


Elizabeth Truong

Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.

 


Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank

 
 

Board Members



Brian Bates
San Jose State University


Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst



Ernst Calais

Adobe


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley


Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident


Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley


Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook


Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank


Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident


Dalton “Chima” Osuka 
PowerBowl


Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC


Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers


Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Marissa O'Rourke
ServiceNow

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks





Interested in joining the board? Email Bree von Faith at bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Committees


Want to get involved? Let us know which committee you're interested in joining. Email Corinna Dixon at cdixon@sjdowntown.com


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: Michael Rewkiewicz

Next meeting: October 31, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000  (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

Past meetingThe Advocacy Committee met on September 24.  The committee discussed the Downtown High Rise Fee Reduction.

Next meetingOctober 22, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., 14th Floor

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: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The DCDC met on May 17 to discuss fundraising strategies for the Almaden Boulevard Median project.  The board reviewed the updated design work and presentation for the median project and decided that staff should start meeting with potential donors.  

Next meeting: TBD


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 meetingThe committee met on August 22 and reviewed a proposal for a hotel at 292 Stockton Ave.

Next meeting: October 24, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart, 125 S Market St #110

Downtown Commercial Properties

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

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past MeetingThe committee met on July 17 to receive learn more about SJPD’s Business Watch programming and the services provided by the city’s Small Business Allies.  

Next meetingOctober 16, 2 p.m., 75 E. Santa Clara, Basement

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meetingThe Downtown Parking Board met on Sept. 4 and discussed the FY 2019-20 annual work plan and resubmittal of the proposed budget. The board approved the staff recommendation to enter into a parking agreement with the conceptual hotel to be located at 8 N. Almaden Boulevard.

Next meetingNovember 6, 10 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on Sept. 26. The committee reviewed draft of financial statements after FY 18-19 SJDA and PBID annual review by outside CPA firm and discussed BID revenue collection.

Next meeting: October 31, 9:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000

Food and Entertainment Committee

Food, nightlife and entertainment-related businesses meet to discuss industry- and downtown-specific topics, such as safety, permitting, business attraction and marketing and promotions.

Chair: Sam Ramirez

Past Meeting: The committee met on August 21 for a presentation from the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs geared specifically to nightlife workers.

Next meeting: TBD

Historic District

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

Contact: Tierney Yates

Past meetingCommittee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.  

Next meeting: TBD


Marketing

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: Bree von Faith

Past Meeting: This team met on Aug. 20 and discussed the branding efforts for downtown and key districts including the downtown week promotion planned for September and discussing the downtown perception survey.   

Next Meeting: October 8, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000

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: Doug Bartl

Past Meeting: The PBID Board met May 21 to discuss PBID staffing and receive an update on the annual PBID member survey.  PBID staff provided updates on the Groundwerx program, street life and business development updates.  

Next Meeting: November 5, 8:30 a.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N. 1st Street, Suite 1000

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: Bree von Faith

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on Aug. 15 to develop an annual work plan including program expansion into a middle school program.   

Next Meeting: October 17, Noon, SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000


San Pedro Square Committee

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

Past meetingThe committee met on August 12. Michael Doyle of Blanco Square is the new committee chair. Councilmember Peralez and the PRNS Activation Team gave an update and overview on the San Pedro Square Activation, taking place over 4 weekends (August 16 – Sept. 8). The new San Pedro Square district brand logo and guidelines were shared with the group. A marketing sub-committee will form and meet to develop a marketing strategy. 

Next meeting: TBD

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

Past meeting: The SoFA Leadership Team met on Aug. 28 and discussed key topics for the district including a discussion with PATH on homelessness and results from the downtown perception survey related to branding. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.

Next meetingOctober 23, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.

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. 25.  The meeting included updates on development, events and cross marketing efforts in the SoFA district. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month. 

Next meeting: November 20, 1 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.


 
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: Chloe Shipp

Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met September 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.   The governance subcommittee is reconvening.

Next meeting: October 25, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon
Email: cdixon@sjdowntown.com

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao
Email: dgao@sjdowntown.com

Administrative and Program Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations 
Michelle Azevedo
Email: mazevedo@sjdowntown.com

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Shipp
Email: cshipp@sjdowntown.com

Street Life Manager
Marie Millares
Email: mmillares@sjdowntown.com

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc
Email: nleblanc@sjdowntown.com

PBID Project Coordinator
Dennis Yu
Email: dyu@sjdowntown.com

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Email: bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Communications Director
Rick Jensen
Email: rjensen@sjdowntown.com

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson
Email: jcarlson@sjdowntown.com

Partnership Manager
Tierney Yates
Email: tyates@sjdowntown.com

Events & Promotions Manager
Caitlin Hartley
Email: chartley@sjdowntown.com

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish
Email: adalgleish@sjdowntown.com

FAQ

BID stands for Business Improvement District. A BID is authorized by state law and created by the city council. Its purpose is to promote and improve a specific area for the benefit of businesses within the area. The BID fee a property assesment that pays for that work. In San Jose, the city assesses all business license holders a BID fee annually.