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.


Public Meeting of the Board of Directors

and Business Improvement District (BID) Members


Friday, June 14, 2019

8:00 a.m.

The San Jose Fire Museum


At San
 Jose Downtown Association’s June 14 public meeting, Mayor Sam Liccardo will speak
regarding his priorities for downtown San Jose and the rest of his term in office,
and Deputy City Manager Jim Ortbal will provide an update on Diridon Station.

Please RSVP to sjdarsvp@sjdowntown.com.



San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors


Executive Committee Members



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


VP of Operations:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart


VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Treasurer:

Doug Bartl

Oracle


Secretary:
Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich

KBM-Hogue

 
 


David Buchholz

Colliers International


Brian Corbett

Gensler


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

Adobe


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley


Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident


Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley


Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook


Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank


Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident


Dalton “Chima” Osuka 
PowerBowl


Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC


Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers


Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Marissa Silver
ServiceNow

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks





Interested in joining the board? Email Bree von Faith at bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

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: August 1, 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 on May 28.  The committee discussed the Diridon Station Concept Plan.

Next meetingJune 25, 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 on April 25 and reviewed a hotel proposal at 2nd and Reed Streets.

Next meetingJune 27, 3 p.m., HGA, 84 W Santa Clara St. Suite 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 MeetingThe committee met on April 17 to receive an update on the City’s Energy and Water Performance Ordinance, VTA’s homelessness mitigation efforts on VTA owned property and an update from SJPD.  

Next meetingJuly 17, 2 p.m., The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.

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: August 7, 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 on June 6.  March financial statements were reviewed.  FY 2019-20 budget, sponsorship revenue and the status of searching for a new payroll provider were discussed.

Next meetingAugust 1, 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 on Jan. 15 for an Active Shooter safety training by the San Jose Police Department geared specifically to nightlife workers.

Next meeting: TBD

Historic District

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

Co-Chair: Erin Salazar and Dana Domingo

Past meetingCommittee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.  

Next meeting: TBD


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.

Contact: Bree von Faith

Past Meeting: This team met on May 14 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform upcoming campaigns.

Next Meeting: June 11, 8:30 a.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: Doug Bartl

Past Meeting: 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: September 13, 8:00 a.m., Bridge Bank, 55 Almaden Blvd., Suite 100

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 May 16  to discuss this year’s Downtown Doors program and to celebrate the installation of 20 pieces of artwork in downtown.

Next Meeting: August 15, 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 May 16. A presentation was given on the downtown and district brands and updates were given on parking system upgrades to the Market & San Pedro Square Garage and the San Pedro street closure pilot.

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 Feb. 27.  The team discussed the perspectives of key stakeholders in the district and finalized goals and future initiatives.  The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.

Next meeting: June 26, 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: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past meeting: SoFAC met on March 27.  The meeting included discussion on ways to better communicate between businesses, discussion on events in the district and a discussion on safety and trespassing programs.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next meeting: September 25, 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: Scott Knies and Chloe Verrey

Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met April 26 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.   The governance subcommittee is reconvening.

Next meeting: June 28, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

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

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao
Email: dgao@sjdowntown.com

Administrative and Program Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations 
Michelle Azevedo
Email: mazevedo@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

Partnership Manager
For assistance, please contact Bree von Faith
Email:  bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Events & Promotions Manager
Caitlin Hartley
Email: chartley@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.