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.
San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors
Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at firstname.lastname@example.org
VP of Operations:
The Core Companies
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank
* 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: December 6, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000 (committee members only)
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 meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on Oct. 23. The committee discussed several issues pertaining to the Airport, including progress on changing OEI building height limits.
Next meeting: November 27, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, Suite 1400
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chair: Joseph Horrigan
Past meeting: The Committee met on June 13 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.
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: Steve Cox
Past meeting: The committee met on Oct. 24 and reviewed a proposed mid rise residential project from Acquity Realty at 477 S. Market Street.
Next meeting: November 28, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart, 125 S Market St #110, San Jose, CA 95113
Downtown Commercial Properties
Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Contact: Chloe Verrey
Past Meeting: The committee met on July 18 to receive an update on public safety and BART construction.
Next meeting: January 16, 2 p.m.
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met on Oct. 3 to approve its FY 2017-18 Financial Report and 2018-19 capital budget.
Next meeting: February 3, 2019, 10 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Sarju Naran
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on October 24. September financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with updated FY 18-19 budget revisions. Staff provided an update on status of ice rink construction. Other matters discussed included recruitment of new committee members for 2019.
Next meeting: November 28, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 Sept. 18 to tour a recently-opened local craft distillery. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed.
Next meeting: November 12, 2 p.m., 10th St. Distillery 2131 S 10th Street, San Jose
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Contact: Jonathan Borca
Past meeting: The committee’s next meeting will be a mixer in December. Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.
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.
Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past Meeting: This team met on Oct. 9 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform our research process.
Next Meeting: November 6, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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: Chuck Hammers
Past Meeting: The PBID Board met Aug. 21 on Street Life projects for FY 18-19, discuss the Secondary Enforcement Unit program and receive an update on the Clean and Safe RFP process.
Next Meeting: December 5, 8:30 a.m., Oracle, 488 S. Almaden Boulevard
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 Oct. 18 to review the annual plan, talk through program expansion, track board outreach and to discuss potential partnerships.
Next Meeting: November 15, Noon, SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
San Pedro Square Committee
This committee works on marketing, events, safety and other issues in the San Pedro Square neighborhood.
Chair: Nick Nichols
Past meeting: The committee met on Oct. 18. Malain McCormick from the College Football Playoff host committee gave an update on the proposed street closure for San Pedro Street. An update was given on the the San Pedro Square Closure Pilot program. The street closure will be from 3-10 p,m. on Fridays, in May and June, immediately following the Farmers’ Market. The leadership team update included the design proposal for a new San Pedro Square logo and recruiting more members to the leadership team.
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 Sept 26. The team discussed the perspectives of key stakeholders in the district to identify goals and future initiatives. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.
Next meeting: November 28, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street
SoFAC (South First Area Committee)
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Roger Springall
Past meeting: The SoFAC met on Aug. 29. The meeting featured updates on new developments coming to SoFA, a presentation of new art crosswalk designs and a discussion on rebranding the district. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: October 31, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street
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 Downtown Community Development Corporation (DCDC) met on October 26 to hear updates on The Almaden Median project, and to elect three new Board members. DCDC will hold its annual organizational meeting on Friday, January 25, and elect officers for the coming year.
Next meeting: January 25, 9 a.m.
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: Scott Knies
Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met Oct. 26 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.
Next meeting: November 30, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Events and Promotions Manager
San Jose Downtown Association Financials
SJDA receives financial support from private sponsors and contributing members, the Business Improvement District, Knight Foundation and the City of San Jose.