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.
San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors
Upcoming: Meeting of the Board of Directors (Board members only)
Friday, May 12, 2017, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Hotel De Anza, 2nd Floor De Anza Room
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: June 1, 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 April 25. The committee discussed transportation updates (BART, VTA NextNetwork proposal, High-Speed Rail), the proposed Downtown Sign Intensification ordinance and the upcoming update to the Downtown Strategy EIR.
Next meeting: May 30, 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 April 21 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. A Board mixer is planned for May 31.
Next meeting: June 5, 8:30 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 April 26 to review the proposed rehabilitation and retrofit of 1 W. Santa Clara Street (formerly known as the Lincoln Law Building). The next committee meeting will include a presentation from City of San Jose Planning Dept representatives.
Next meeting: May 31, 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 April 19 to discuss ongoing and upcoming construction projects, learn more about SJDA’s business development services and speak with SJPD Captain Jason Dwyer. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Next meeting: July 19, 2 p.m., The Tech Museum
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 May 3. Henry Cord was elected as Chair and Chad Leege was elected as Vice-Chair. The committee reviewed a draft of the Annual Work Plan for FY 2017-2018. The FY 2017-18 proposed budget and 5-year capital budget was approved. A report on SJDA’s marketing and communications efforts for promoting city facilities and marketing downtown parking was presented and distributed to the committee.
Next meeting: August 2, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on April 26. March financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with proposed FY 17-18 draft budget. Members approved recommendation to forward proposed FY 17-18 budget to Executive Committee for review.
Next meeting: May 24, 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.
Next Meeting: June 7, 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: TBD, 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 May 16 to receive an update on the Annual Property Owner Survey, contract work in St. James Park, and staff reports. The Street Life Committee met Apr. 11.
Next Meeting: July TBD, 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 April 11 to discuss the 2017 Downtown Doors program. Award reception will be held on May 4 at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Next Meeting: June 13, 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. Dine Downtown San Jose is July 7-16. Restaurant week packets were distributed to the restaurants.
Next meeting: The committee will not be meeting in July.
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 April 26th. The meeting featured updates about the Urban Rooms project, Make Music Day, the SoFA Farrmers’ Market and other community-based efforts. The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.
Next meeting: May 31, 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: May 26, 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
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.