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
Join us for the Year in Review meeting 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Hammer Theatre Center 101 Paseo De San Antonio. Click here to view the agenda.
President: Stan Vuckovich
VP of Operations: Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP
VP of Marketing: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Heroes Martial Arts
Treasurer: Liam O’Connor
Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation
Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company
Ex-Officio: Chris Neale
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
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc
Julie Riera Matsushima
Insight Realty Company
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.
Chairperson: Stan Vuckovich
Next meeting: January 5, 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.
Chairperson: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on November 29. The committee discussed elements for a Downtown High-rise Incentive Program and transportation related planning topics. .
Next meeting: January 31, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chairpersons: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques
Past meeting: The Committee met on October 28 to review Board support and processes. The committee did not meet in November.
Next meeting: December 16, 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.
Chairperson: Steve Cox
Past meeting: The Downtown Design Committee met on November 30. The committee reviewed the proposed mixed-use development located at 39 N. 5th Street.
Next meeting: January 25, 3 p.m., Steinberg Architects, 125 S. Market Street, Suite 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 October 20 to discuss staffing changes and state of downtown. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Next meeting: January 16, 2 p.m., Location 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 October 5. The Board accepted final FY 2015-16 Financial report on the Parking Fund. It received reports on FY 2016-17 Capital projects, St. John Streetscape, Parking marketing and the Diridon Area Master Plan process. Meets on a quarterly basis.
Next meeting: February 1, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on November 30. October financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of FY 16-17 budget. Staff provided an update on ice rink for the 16-17 season. An updated report on ice rink revenue and expenses will be provided at the next meeting. There will no meeting in December. The next meeting is January 25.
Next meeting: January 25, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Chairperson: Forrest Cerrato
Past meeting: The Historic District met July 12 to discuss public safety in the district with a representative from SJPD present. Jason Su from SJDA discussed the upcoming Fountain Gallery Alley project, which will consist of pop-up gallery space in Fountain Alley, and asked for neighborhood input. Erin Salazar from The Exhibition District presented the 100 Block project, 100 4×4 murals to go onto two buildings along Fountain Alley. Construction updates from VTA’s bus rapid transit project and Marshall Squares were given.
Next meeting: December 13, 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.
Chairperson: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past meeting: The Marketing Arts & Dining committee held its quarterly meeting September 22. Members shared examples and discussed ways to reach new and younger audiences. Updates were given on the #DTSJ campaign, Music in the Park event attendee surveys and the Arts Marketing Roundtable meetings. The arts groups will be planning their 12 Days of Arts, a scavenger hunt and social media campaign for the holidays. The campaign was very successful last year. Meets on a quarterly 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 October 11 to accept the FY 2016-17 Financial Audit. The audit was clean. The board approved restated MOUs between PBID, SJDA and San Jose Downtown Foundation, and received Operations, Street Life and Business Development reports.
Next Meeting: January
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 November 8 to discuss the 2017 Downtown Doors program and trustee recruitment.
Next Meeting: December 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.
Chairperson: Nick Nichols
Past meeting: The committee met on October 20. Construction updates were given on the following projects: Modera, Silvery Towers, St. John Streetscape, San Jose Water Company main replacement and repaving and striping. Megan Colvard, the director of PATH San Jose talked to members about PATH’s homeless outreach efforts downtown and their coordinated efforts with city departments, SJPD and Groundwerx.
Next meeting: January 19, 2:30 p.m.
SoFA (South First Area) Committee
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chairs: Roger Springall and Sarah Dragovich
Past meeting: The SoFA Committee met October 26 and prepared for a SPUR-hosted “Future of SoFA” planning session – asking members what they want the district to be as up to 2,000 residents move in over the next decade. The Committee also received an update from Groundwerx, and updated one another on projects, such as the Imwalle Properties building rehab at San Salavdor and South First, the CORE Properties projects at the Enterprise lot and at the apex of South First and Market streets, and a SoFA marketing collateral piece now in process.
Next meeting: January 25
St. James Park
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 City-led jury design competition to transform St. James Park selected one firm but the other finalist protested. A hearing on the protest and appeal period is expected to be completed in December. Award of park design contract to City Council in January.
Next meeting: December 16, 9 a.m., City Hall, 14th Floor
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Director of Policy and Operations
Finance and Administration Director
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.