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.
President: Stan Vuckovich
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:
The Core Companies
Mezcal Restaurant, LLC
Sarju A. Naran
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio
Cornish & Carey Commercial
Newmark Knight Frank
San Jose State University
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment
Barry Swenson Builder
San Pedro Square Market
Axis HOA and Salesforce
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown
Julie Riera Matsushima
Insight Realty Company
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café
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: April 6, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on March 28. The committee discussed BART project updates, transportation planning efforts, the results of the City Council Priority setting process and the Mayor’s Budget message.
Next meeting: April 25, 9 a.m., 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 March 3 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. A Board mixer is planned for May 31.
Next meeting: April 21, 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 previously scheduled March 29 meeting was cancelled because city officials were unavailable due to Coyote Creek flood recovery efforts. Planning staff will now likely present at May meeting. (Tentative future dates: May 31, June 28).
Next meeting: April 26, 3 p.m., Steinberg Architects, 125 S. Market St. #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 January 18 to discuss ongoing and completed street life projects and receive and update from PATH on homeless outreach in the downtown core. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Next meeting: April 19, 2 p.m., 111 Market Square, 111 N. Market St.
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 February 1. The seven member board has upcoming vacancies for an arts rep, resident rep and downtown parking owner/manager. The FY 2016-17 mid-year financial report was reviewed. Based on trending survey comments, an improvements plan for the Second and San Carlos garage was requested. Meets on a quarterly basis.
Next meeting: May 3, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on March 29. February financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with proposed FY 17-18 draft budget. Other matters discussed included cost proposals for FY 16-17 audit.
Next meeting: April 26, 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 March 8. There was a presentation and Q&A hosted by SJPD representatives. Topics included safety best practices, continuing strong lines of communication between PD and venue operators and staffing updates.
Next Meeting: April 12, 3:30 p.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Chair: Forrest Cerrato
Past meeting: The Historic District met to discuss new Downtown Safety office in Fountain Alley and other security issues.
Next meeting: April 11, 4 p.m., SJDA, 28 N 1st Street, Suite 1000
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: SJDA staff met with Copa, a local creative branding agency, to talk about ways to reach younger audiences at Music in the Park through memorable brand experiences. Continuing to work with designers to refine Farmers’ Market and Dine Downtown art. The committee meets on a quarterly or 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 March 15 to receive an update on San Pedro Squared, discuss the 2017-18 budget and received Operations, Street Life and Business Development reports. The Street Life Committee met Feb. 14.
Next Meeting: May 16, 8:30 a.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N. First Street, 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.
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie
Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on March 14 to discuss the 2017 Downtown Doors program. Request for Submissions has been released. Submissions are due on March 24. Award reception will be held on May 4 at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Next Meeting: April 11, 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 March 16. Construction updates were given on the following projects: San Pedro Streetscape, Modera, Silvery Towers, St. John Streetscape and San Jose Water Co. pipeline replacement and the St. John multi-modal. Captain Jason Dwyer talked about incident numbers for downtown and his plans for SJPD staffing. The city presented proposed locations for the relocation of the Automatic Public Toilet (APT) currently in front of the Modera construction site and reported that a couple grants for improvement to San Pedro Street have been submitted.
Next meeting: May 18, 2:30 p.m. Location: TBD
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 March 29. The team discussed its role in SoFA and its operating framework including electing a chair. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.
Next meeting: May 31, 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 January 25th. The creation of the SoFA Leadership Team was discussed in addition to other projects in SoFA. The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.
Next meeting: April 26, 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 March 24. City staff indicated that they would like to add additional individuals to the committee. Potential candidates should contact Matt Cano, Assistant Director, PRNS. City staff discussed the phasing of the St. James redesign project. Additionally, outreach and communications strategies for the park and its redesign were discussed.
Next meeting: April 28, 9 a.m., City Hall
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Director of Policy and Operations
Director of Finance and Administration
Corinna M. Dixon
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.