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.

Meeting of the Board of Directors

(Board members only)


Friday, November 8, 2019

8:00 a.m.



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

Find previous meeting minutes here.

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors

Executive Committee Members

Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP

VP of Operations:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart

VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Doug Bartl


Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich



David Buchholz

Colliers International

Brian Corbett


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


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley

Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident

Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley

Jarrod Jenkins

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident

Dalton “Chima” Osuka 

Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC

Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Marissa O'Rourke

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks

Interested in joining the board? Email Bree von Faith at


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: December 5, 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 Oct. 22.  The committee discussed the Strong Mayor initiative and housing policy updates.

Next meeting: December 4, 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 Oct. 24 and reviewed a proposal for a six-floor commercial building at Fountain Alley and South First Street by Urban Catalyst.  The committee also discussed Golden Nail nominees.

Next meetingDecember 4, 3 p.m., location TBD

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 Oct. 16 to receive learn more about SJPD Captain Santos on public safety in downtown San Jose.  

Next meeting: January 15, 2 p.m., 488 S. Almaden Blvd.

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 meeting: November 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 Sept. 26 to accept final financial statements for FY 18-19 SJDA and PBID annual review by outside CPA firm and discussed BID revenue collection issues.

Next meetingDecember 5, 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 Aug. 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


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: November 12, 8:30 a.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 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: Met with the SJDA board Sept. 13 to discuss joint initiatives, the Santa Clara Street Corridor and PBID renewal and expansion.  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. First St., 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 Oct. 24 and celebrated the Cornerstone of the Arts award, discussed plans for program expansion and ways to continue to evolve the Downtown Doors program.

Next Meeting: November 21, 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 meeting: The committee met Sept. 24.  CSJDOT staff gave an update on the parking validation program.  Members provided sales data and feedback about the San Pedro Square Activation.  The committee is forming a marketing sub-committee to begin developing a marketing strategy.

Next meeting: November 13 at 3 p.m., location 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 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.  

Next meeting: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

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

Chair: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past meetingSoFAC met September 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 Oct. 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.   The governance subcommittee is reconvening.

Next meeting: November 22, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955 



Executive Director
Scott Knies

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao

Director of Policy and Operations 
Michelle Azevedo

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Shipp

Street Life Manager
Marie Millares

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

PBID Project Coordinator
Dennis Yu

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Partnership Manager
Tierney Yates

Events & Promotions Manager
Caitlin Hartley

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.