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
Find previous meeting minutes here. Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at email@example.com
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 3, 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 June 6. The committee discussed potential changes to OEI dictated building height limits Downtown and the proposed Downtown Sign Intensification ordinance.
Next meeting: August 28, 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. There will be no meeting in July and the next meeting is scheduled for August 30.
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 lightrail 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 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 committee met on June 21. May financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with projected budgets for FY 16-17 and FY 17-18. A 5 year financial plan was also discussed to strategize future funding. Staff provided updated on status of ice rink title sponsorship. Members were informed the annual line of credit with Wells Fargo has been renewed for FY 17-18.
Next meeting: July 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 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.
Next Meeting: Next meeting: TBD, fall of 2017 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 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.
Next meeting: Date TBD, location TBD
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: Farmers’ Market and Music in the Park ad campaigns are underway and include print, radio and digital ads. SJDA staff is working with designers to finalize the Starlight Cinema and City Dance collateral.. The Downtown for the Summer campaign which promotes events, dining, arts and entertainment and plenty of parking is also underway with print, radio and ditigal ads directing people to the event calendar on sjdowntown.com/summer. Keyword search and targeted display campaigns are promoting ParkSJ, the four main garages, downtown parking map and $5 flat rate parking. 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 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 Aprril 11.
Next Meeting: August 8, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 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 July 11 to discuss recruitment efforts and possible new programming.
Next Meeting: August 8, 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 May 31. The team discussed several events coming to SoFA this summer and some ideas for physical additions to the district’s landscape. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.
Next meeting: July 26, 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 28th. 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: July 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.