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:
VP of Marketing:
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio
The Core Companies
Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank
Hopkins & Carley
Gino De Bernardo
Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC
Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe
San Jose Sharks
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: February 28, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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 Jan. 22. The committee discussed studying a potential ballot initiative to change San Jose’s city charter to a Strong Mayor form of government.
Next meeting: February 26, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., 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 St.
Next meeting: February 27, 3 p.m., HGA, 84 W Santa Clara St #200
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 Jan. 16 to receive an update on street life projects and BART construction.
Next meeting: April 17, 2 p.m., The Tech Museum, 201 S Market Street
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met on Feb. 6 to review FY 2018-19 Financial Report, 5-year capital budget and receive an update on Smart Meter program.
Next meeting: May 1, 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 November 28. October financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of FY 18-19 budget. Staff provided an update on ice rink for the 18-19 season. Other matters included discussion of new committee members for 2018. Sarju Naran will term off the board as treasurer and committee chair at the end of 2018. Members thanked Naran for his one year of service. Doug Bartl will assume the position of board treasurer and committee chair in 2019. Members also thanked Peggy Bradley for her exemplary work as SJDA Finance and Administration Director. There will no meeting in December.
Next meeting: March 27, 9 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 on Jan. 15 for an Active Shooter safety training by the San Jose Police Department geared specifically to nightlife workers.
Next meeting: TBA
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. Held mixer Jan. 17.
Next meeting: March 19, 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.
Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past Meeting: This team met on Jan. 8 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform upcoming campaigns.
Next Meeting: February 12, 3:30 p.m., SJDA, 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: Chuck Hammers
Past Meeting: The PBID Board met Jan 29. to discuss the 2019 board calendar, receive a fiscal year budget update, and heard updates from staff on the SEU Program, upcoming street life expenditures and MOMENT at San Pedro Squared.
Next Meeting: March 19, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 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 on Jan. 17 to review the annual plan, talk through program expansion, interview potential board members and to discuss potential partnerships.
Next Meeting: February 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.
Chair: Nick Nichols
Past meeting: The committee met on Dec. 18. Malain McCormick and Sheridan Spivey from the College Football Playoff host committee gave an update on the street closure for San Pedro Street. The street will be activated from Jan. 4-7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Dos Equis Beer Garden will operate from noon-6 p.m. Over the last few months, 3-4 different options have been discussed for the street closure pilot. The committee will continue the discussion to come up with different scenarios/days/times for activating the street in order to gather the most feedback. One design entry was submitted for the new San Pedro Square logo. The leadership team will review the logo at the next leadership team meeting.
Next meeting: 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 on Nov. 28. 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: February 27, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.
SoFAC (South First Area Committee)
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Roger Springall
Past meeting: SoFAC met on Jan. 30. The meeting included discussion on SoFA boundaries, ways to better communicate between businesses, discussion on events in the district and a presentation from Team San Jose. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: March 27, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.
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 Jan. 25 to discuss plans for the Almaden Boulevard Median project, and to elect Board officers.
Next meeting: March 22, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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 Jan. 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation. City staff is reviewing 25% design drawings on the park.
Next meeting: February 22, 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.