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.

Activities and Programs

We advocate on issues effecting downtown, market the region, help business navigate city hall, host events including Downtown Ice and Music in the Park and work with downtown’s Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) to keep downtown clean and safe.

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors

Next Meeting: Annual Membership Meeting, Business Improvement District (BID) Public Meeting and Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Public Meeting
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8 – 9:30 a.m. at San Jose First United Methodist Church

The Annual Meeting will feature “State of Downtown” address by Scott Knies, BID and PBID financial reports, SJDA Committee “two-minute” drills and election of SJDA and PBID Board members.
Click here to RSVP

Please submit your ballot online at: All ballots received by Thursday, October 12 will be eligible for a drawing for one of three prize packages containing a Downtown Ice family 4-pack, and $10 in Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market “Carrot Cash.

Find previous meeting minutes here. Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at

Executive Committee

President: Stan Vuckovich
KBM Workspace

VP of Operations: Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP

VP of Marketing: Alan Marques
Heroes Martial Arts

Treasurer: Liam O’Connor
Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation

Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Chris Neale
The Core Companies

Henry Cord
Cord Associates

Adolfo Gomez
Mezcal Restaurant, LLC

Kelly Hattley
Boston Properties

Sarju A. Naran
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.

Sam Ramirez
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio

Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial
Newmark Knight Frank


Doug Bartl

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Doug Bentz
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment

David Buchholz
Colliers International

Joshua Burroughs
Barry Swenson Builder

Brian Corbett

John Fernandez
Alfa Tech

Joe Horrigan
San Pedro Square Market

Hanif Ismail
Axis HOA and Salesforce

Kristina Kuprina
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc

Michael Lerman
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown

Julie Riera Matsushima
Downtown Resident

Dalton Osuka

Stephanie Pence
Iron Construction

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Tore Saso
Merrill Lynch

Jeanne Serpa
Republic Services

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café


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 the Board. Meets the first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m.

Chair: Stan Vuckovich

Next meeting: October 5, 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: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on August 29. The committee discussed the recent announcement of Google potentially opening a new campus adjacent to Diridon Station. Other topics covered included BART to Downtown San Jose, OEI and California High-Speed Rail.

Next meeting: TBD, Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor

Board Organizational Committee

Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.

Chairs: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

Past meeting: The Committee met on August 18 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.

Next meeting: October 27, 9:15 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor

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 May 31 which included a presentation regarding updates to the Urban Design Review process and introducing the newly hired Planning Dept Urban Designer.

Next meeting: August 30, 3 p.m., Steinberg Architects, 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: Met on July 20 to discuss ongoing and upcoming construction projects, learn more about VTA’s light rail efficiency pilot program and speak with SJPD. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Next meeting: October 25, 2 p.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N. First Street, Suite 100

Downtown Parking Board

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

Vice-Chair: Nick Nichols

Past meeting: The Downtown Parking Board held its quarterly meeting August 2. Three new members Wolfram Schneider (resident), Charlie Faas (SJSU) and Harvard Sung (The Tech) have joined the Board. The committee reviewed a draft of the Annual Work Plan for FY 2017-18 and received reports on parking garage utilization capital project status and SJDA’s marketing and communications efforts for promoting city facilities and marketing downtown parking.

Next meeting: October 4, 10 a.m., City Hall

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Liam O’Connor

Past meeting: The committee met on August 23. Preliminary year-end financial statements ending June 30 were reviewed and discussed along with updated budget revisions. Preparations for FY 16-17 Audit are underway. Staff provided update on status of ice rink title sponsorship.

Next meeting: September 27, 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 Food and Entertainment Committee met on April 12. The committee discussed the upcoming Sharks playoff run, upcoming convention schedule and future Music in the Park events. The committee also discussed potential marketing strategies and a possible happy hour event. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed, and the next meeting is to be determined.

Historic District

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

Chair: Forrest Cerrato

Past meeting: The Historic District met on June 20 to hear from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) about their proposed pilot project in downtown to improve transit reliability, reduce delays, test innovative safety enhancements and support future increased light rail operating speeds. VTA plans to finalize the proposed project by November 2017. SJDA and VTA intend to conduct additional meetings in August, September and October to obtain feedback from downtown residents and businesses on pilot project parameters.

Marketing Arts & Dining

The committee of arts groups and restaurants works to market downtown as a destination through special offers, events and coordinated marketing and social media.

Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Past meeting: The Farmers’ Market and CityDance campaigns continue to run. Student Parking and DASH Shuttle ads are running in the Spartan Daily, and the keyword search and targeted display campaigns promoting ParkSJ, the four main garages, downtown parking map and $5 flat rate parking will be running through September. More than 20 visual and performing arts groups and 11 downtown restaurants are participating in the 2018-19 Downtown Dining Gift Certificate. The arts groups are distributing more than 20,000 gift certificates (valued at $110) to annual arts patrons and season ticket holders as a way to thank them for their support. The committee meets on an as needed basis.

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 on August 8 and discussed future planning for the PBID, and received updates on the San Pedro Squared project. The Street Life Committee met June 20.

Next Meeting: October 13, 8 a.m., Annual Membership Meeting, SJ First United Methodist Church, 24 N. 5th Street

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.

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on August 8 to discuss recruitment efforts and possible new programming.

Next Meeting: September 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 met on August 17. Lieutenant Lisa Gannon gave updates on incident numbers for downtown and upcoming events. PATH talked about their homeless outreach efforts. PATH has found housing for 35 previously homeless downtown individuals. Construction updates were given on the St. John multi-modal, St. John bike and pedestrian improvements, Julian realignment projects and water line work for The District.

Next meeting: TBD October

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Sieglinde Van Damme

Past meeting: The SoFA Leadership Team met on July 26. The team discussed ideas for physical additions to the district’s landscape and several events coming to SoFA this summer. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.

Next meeting: September 27, 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 August 30. The meeting featured updates about new events coming this fall and a discussion of recent events and their impact within SoFA. The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.

Next meeting: October 25, 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 August 25. City PRNS gave an update on the new park maintenance work and the schedule for the park redesign, as well as an update on activations taking place this summer. Staff also shared that PRNS and additional city departments are working on policies, procedures and collateral related to unpermitted feedings in St. James Park.

Next meeting: September 22, 9 a.m., City Hall



Executive Director
Scott Knies

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith

Director of Policy and Operations
Nate Echeverria

Director of Finance and Administration
Peggy Bradley

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Office Assistant
Danielle Ratliff

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey

Street Life Manager
Jason Su

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Events and Promotions Manager 
Amy Anderson

Web Coordinator
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.
The San Jose Downtown BID is bounded roughly by Julian Street, Fourth Street and highways 280 and 87, where it jogs west to include the arena and the train station, and Coleman Loop area.
Every year since 1989, the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), a nonprofit organization, has been selected by the city council to manage the Downtown BID. Every business in the boundaries pays fees and is automatically a member of the Downtown Association. The members elect a board of directors to determine budgets and programs.
No. Since 1989, the BID has been raised three times: in 1994, when the BID boundaries extended to include the Arena area; in 2003 to include San Jose MarketCenter, and a modest rate adjustment in 2011.
BID fees represent about 25 percent of SJDA’s budget. The rest of SJDA revenue comes from earned income through events and sponsorships, plus contracts and fees for services. For every dollar the business community puts into the BID, four more dollars are leveraged by SJDA to improve Downtown. By state law, the BID money can only be used to support general business activities, promote public events, decorate public places and provide music and entertainment in the BID area. The Downtown Association uses its budget to promote downtown through stragetic marketing, by helping businesses navigate city hall and events including Music in the Park.
BID funds are spent on a variety of projects including advertising, marketing brochures, maps, websites, weekly e-letters, holiday lighting and events including the Farmers’ Market, South First Fridays and Downtown Ice, the outdoor skating rink. SJDA advocates on behalf of BID members for a vital and vibrant Downtown for businesses, their clients, customers and employees. Association staff members are available to assist BID businesses and property owners and address their individual concerns. SJDA provides a strong voice for Downtown to the media, government officials and policy makers and manages the Groundwerx clean, safe and beautiful services.