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
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: May 2, 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 March 26. The committee discussed streamlining development fees and process within the Planning department.
Next meeting: April 23, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., Suite 1400
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 March 22 to continue discussions on the renovation of the Almaden Boulevard Median. The board decided to request updated design work for the median project and once those are ready, the group will begin fundraising for the project.
Next meeting: May 17, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000
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 March 27 and reviewed Boston Properties’ proposal for a commercial development at Almaden Blvd. and Woz Way.
Next meeting: April 25, 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 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 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: 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 March 27. February financial statements were reviewed. A preliminary FY 2019-20 budget was reviewed and accepted. Introduced new Accounting Manager Dori Gao.
Next meeting: May 2, 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: 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. The meeting will begin with a tour so arrive promptly.
Next meeting: May 21, 1:15 p.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N 1st St., Suite 1000
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 March 12 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform upcoming campaigns.
Next Meeting: April 9, 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: Chuck Hammers
Past Meeting: The PBID Board met March 19 to set the FY 2019-20 assessment rates and organizational budget. PBID staff provided updates on the Groundwerx program, street life and business development updates.
Next Meeting: May 21, 8:30 a.m., Oracle, 488 S. Almaden Boulevard
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 March 21 to discuss updates on Downtown Doors, talk through program expansion, and to discuss potential partnerships.
Next Meeting: April 18, 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 March 12. Captain Santos gave an update on SJPD shift changes, new recruits, and addressed questions about homelessness, response times and when to call 911 and 311. Members discussed the San Pedro Street Closure Pilot, Fridays after the Farmers’ Market for 8 weeks (May 10 – June 28) from 4-10 p.m. The budget includes staffing, set up, tear down and light activation (large games and Adirondack chairs). Members talked about next steps, marketing, measurement and programming live music.
Next meeting: April 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: April 24, 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 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: May 29, 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
Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met March 22 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation. The governance subcommittee is reconvening.
Next meeting: April 26, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Events & 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.