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



Executive Committee

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

VP of Operations: Chris Neale*
The Core Companies

VP of Marketing: Alan “Gumby” Marques*
Heroes Martial Arts

Treasurer: Sarju A. Naran*
Hoge Fenton

Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich*
KBM/Hogue 

Directors

Doug Bartl
Oracle

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Doug Bentz
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment

David Buchholz
Colliers International

Joshua Burroughs
SWENSON

Brian Corbett
Gensler

Gino De Bernardo
Downtown Resident

John Fernandez
Zoom Video communications


Breanna Gilbert
KQED Silicon Valley

Joseph Horrigan
San Pedro Square Market

Hanif Ismail
Axis HOA and Salesforce

Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Julie Riera Matsushima
Downtown Resident

Katia McClain
Steinberg Hart

Dalton “Chima” Osuka
PowerBowl


Sam Ramirez*
Continental Bar, Lounge and Patio

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Jeanne Serpa*
Republic Services

Marissa Silver
San Jose Earthquakes      

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Elizabeth Truong
Lee’s Sandwiches

Geri Wong*
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank

* Executive Committee

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: May 31, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on March 29. The committee heard presentations from the California High Speed Rail Authority and the City of San Jose’s Department of Transportation’s Regional Rail division.

Next meeting: May 22, 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 meetingThe Committee met on April 11 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. Meets monthly.

Next meeting: May 9, 5 p.m. San Pedro Square Market Bar, 87 N. San Pedro Street


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 April 25 and reviewed CMG’s Park to Paseo vision and an affordable housing project proposed for 226 Balbach Street.

Next meeting: May 23, 3 p.m., HGA Architects, 84 W Santa Clara Street

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 April 18 to receive an update from VTA on their Light Rail Safety Pilot. Staff from the City’s Environmental Services Department shared information on energy efficiency programs available to property and business owners.  Meets on a quarterly basis.

Next meeting: July 18, 2 p.m., City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The Board met May 2 to approve its FY 2018-19 budget, amend board representation and increase monthly parking rates at three parking lots (1st/280, Woz/87 and Almaden/Wos).

Next meeting: Aug. 1, 10 a.m., City Hall


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Sarju Naran

Past meeting:The Finance Committee met on April 25. March financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of proposed FY 18-19 draft budget. Members approved recommendation to forward proposed FY 18-19 budget to Executive Committee for review.

Next meeting: May 23, 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 January 17 with new Acting SJPD District Captain to review late night entertainment zone closing procedures. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed.

Historic District

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

Contact: Jonathan Borca  

Past meeting: The Committee met April 17 to discuss current and potential Historic District events.  Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction and general safety.  The committee is in the process of selecting a chair and meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Next meeting: May 15, 1:15 p.m., 12 S. First Street, 2nd Floor, Condo Owners Association Office


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.

Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques

Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

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 March 27 to approve the proposed FY 2018-19 budget, set assessment rates for FY 2018-19 and receive an update on San Pedro Squared.

Next Meeting: May 15, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First 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 April 10 to discuss recruitment efforts, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.

Next Meeting: June 12, 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 last met on March 15 and will meet again in June, after the San Pedro Square Leadership Team has its first two meetings.  

Next meeting: June

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

Past meetingThe San Pedro Square Leadership Team had their first meeting on April 19.  The team discussed the role of the leadership team, what makes San Pedro Square unique and ideas for projects/ initiatives for these key focus areas: marketing, events, placemaking/street life, advocacy and wayfinding.  The Leadership Team will begin meeting every other month starting in July.

Next meeting: May 16, 2:30 p.m. Location: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

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

Chair: Roger Springall

Past meeting: The SoFAC met on April 26. The meeting featured updates on new developments coming to SoFA and a discussion of the events this spring. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next meeting: June 27, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street


 
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 April 27 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.

Next meeting: May 25, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room 644

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

Director of Finance and Administration
Peggy Bradley
Email: pbradley@sjdowntown.com

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

Office Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations 
Derrick Seaver
Email: dseaver@sjdowntown.com

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey
Email: cverrey@sjdowntown.com

Street Life Manager
Jason Su
Email: jsu@sjdowntown.com

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc
Email: nleblanc@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

Events and Promotions Manager 
Amy Anderson
Email: aanderson@sjdowntown.com

Partnership Manager
Jonathan Borca
Email: jborca@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.