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

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors

Public Meeting

September 14

8:00 a.m.

Poor House Studio

There’s big plans for big projects in downtown San Jose, and SJDA has some of the biggest ones on the agenda at its Sept. 14 public meeting.

Kim Walesh, San Jose deputy city manager and director of the Office of Economic Development, will offer insight into the potential Google development and Diridon Station Area planning efforts by the City of San Jose.

Patricia Ernstrom, executive director of the College Football Playoff (CFB) host committee, will provide an overview of the 2019 National Championship game to be played at Levi’s Stadium, and describe the downtown San Jose campus for CFB visitors and business engagement opportunities associated with the title game.  


Find previous meeting minutes here.

Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at

Click here to view our 2017: Downtown in Review


Michael Rewkiewicz*
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP

VP of Operations:
Chris Neale*
The Core Companies

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

Sarju A. Naran*
Hoge Fenton

Nick Nichols* 
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich*



Doug Bartl* 

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Doug Bentz
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment

David Buchholz* 
Colliers International

Joshua Burroughs

Brian Corbett* 

Gino De Bernardo 
Downtown Resident

John Fernandez
Downtown Resident

Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley

Jarrod Jenkins

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident

Katia McClain
Steinberg Hart

Dalton “Chima” Osuka 

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


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: Michael Rewkiewicz

Next meeting: October 4, 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 Aug. 28.  The committee had a discussion on the progress of the Station Area Advisory Group and other transportation matters.

Next meeting: September 25, 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 Aug. 22 and reviewed a proposed mixed-use project from Z&L Properties, Park View Towers.

Next meeting: September 26, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart, 125 S. Market Street, #110

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 safety and security measures in downtown from SJPD Captain David Santos.

Next meeting: October 10, 2 p.m., Oracle, 488 S. Almaden Boulevard

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meetingThe Board met on Aug. 1 to approve its FY 2018-19 work plan and a validation agreement with Regal Cinemas and receive reports on downtown parking inventory and marketing.

Next meeting: October 3, 11 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Sarju Naran

Past meeting: The committee met on Aug. 22.  Preliminary year-end financial statements ending June 30 were reviewed and discussed along with updated budget revisions.  Preparations for FY 17-18 annual review are underway. Staff provided update on status of ice rink and sponsorships.

Next meeting: September 26, 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: Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.  

Next meeting: September 18, 1:15 p.m., Hotel Clariana, 100 E. Santa Clara Street


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 Aug.14 and discussed branding efforts of each district in Downtown San Jose to help inform our research process.

Next Meeting:  September 11, 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: 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: Bree von Faith

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on Aug. 14  to discuss an annual plan, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.

Next Meeting: September 20, 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 Aug. 23 and talked about the College Football Playoffs and plans for the San Pedro Square neighborhood and the timeframe and days for the San Pedro Street Closure Pilot program.  Lt. Spears from SJPD was available for questions. Updates were given on the Farmers’ Market, San Pedro Square Leadership Team and CityDance.

Next meeting:  TBD

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

Past meeting: The Leadership Team met on Aug. 2.  The San Jose Sports Authority and College Football Playoff host committee presented their plans to the group.  Members discussed ideas for the city’s proposed street closure pilot and moving forward on having a new San Pedro Square logo designed.

Next meeting: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

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

Chair: Roger Springall

Past meetingThe 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) held its inaugural meeting on June 21, 2018.  

Next meeting: October 26, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000  

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 August 24 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.

Next meeting: September 28, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T550  



Executive Director
Scott Knies

Director of Finance and Administration
Peggy Bradley

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Office Assistant
Danielle Ratliff

Director of Policy and Operations 
Derrick Seaver

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey

Street Life Manager
Jason Su

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Events and Promotions Manager 
Amy Anderson

Partnership Manager
Jonathan Borca

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish


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.