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: August 31, 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 July 21. There was a presentation from DOT staff regarding upcoming changes to how transportation impacts are analyzed city-wide. This shift is from Level of Service (LOS) analysis to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).
Next meeting: August 29, 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 July 7 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.
Next meeting: August 18, 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., TBD
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
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The July 26 meeting was canceled.
Next meeting: August 23, 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.
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 Downtown for the Summer, Farmers’ Market and Music in the Park campaigns continue to run, as well as the keyword search and targeted display campaigns promoting ParkSJ, the four main garages, downtown parking map and $5 flat rate parking. Starlight Cinemas and CityDance campaigns are underway and include posters, fliers, print and digital ads, and social media campaigns. 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.
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 May 18. A presentation was given by DOT and Graniterock on the St. John Street Streetscape project. Updates were also given on the San Pedro Streetscape, San Jose Water Co. pipeline replacement and the St. John multi-modal projects. Captain Jason Dwyer gave updates on incident numbers for downtown. SJPD initiated proactive calls are up. Restaurant week packets were distributed to the restaurants.
Next meeting: August 17, 2:30 p.m., The Farmers Union, 151 W. Santa Clara Street
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 June 28. The meeting featured updates about new events coming this summer and a discussion of recent events and their impact within SoFA. The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.
Next meeting: August 30, 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 June 23. City PRNS gave an update on the design schedule for the CMG redesign, as well as an update on interim activations that will be installed this summer. Staff also shared that PRSN and additional city departments are working on policies, procedures and collateral related to unpermitted feedings in St. James Park.
Next meeting: August 25, 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.