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.
San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors
Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at email@example.com
VP of Operations:
VP of Marketing:
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio
The Core Companies
Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank
Hopkins & Carley
Gino De Bernardo
Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC
Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe
San Jose Sharks
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
Chair: Michael Rewkiewicz
Next meeting: April 4, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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: David Buchholz
Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on Feb. 26. The committee discussed streamlining development fees and process within the Planning department.
Next meeting: March 26, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., Suite 1400
Downtown Community Development Corporation
The mission of this committee is to attract investment to downtown San Jose, facilitate real estate development and investment, support downtown San Jose businesses, contribute to the overall economic health of downtown, and respond to unforeseen development opportunities throughout the downtown core.
Contact: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The DCDC met on Jan. 25 to discuss plans for the Almaden Boulevard Median project, and to elect Board officers.
Next meeting: March 22, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000
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 Feb. 27 and reviewed Adobe’s plan for a fourth tower at their corporate headquarters with a skybridge over San Fernando Street connecting the buildings.
Next meeting: March 27, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart, 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: The committee met on Jan. 16 to receive an update on street life projects and BART construction.
Next meeting: April 17, 2 p.m., The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met on Feb. 6 to review FY 2018-19 Financial Report, 5-year capital budget and receive an update on Smart Meter program.
Next meeting: May 1, 10 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Sarju Naran
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on Feb. 27. January financial statements were reviewed. A preliminary FY 2019-20 budget was reviewed and accepted. A report on filling the Accounting Manager position was given.
Next meeting: March 27, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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 committee met on Jan. 15 for an Active Shooter safety training by the San Jose Police Department geared specifically to nightlife workers.
Next meeting: TBA
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Contact: Jonathan Borca
Past meeting: Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks. The meeting will begin with a tour so arrive promptly.
Next meeting: March 19, 1:15 p.m., San Jose Improv, 62 S. 2nd St.
Provides oversight and makes recommendations on SJDA’s long-term and short-term goals involving branding, marketing efforts, and promotions. Ensures that a consistent, positive message is being delivered to the public about Downtown San Jose and SJDA. Meets as needed.
Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past Meeting: This team met on Feb. 12 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform upcoming campaigns.
Next Meeting: March 12, 3:30 p.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000
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 Jan. 29 to discuss the 2019 board calendar, receive a fiscal year budget update, and heard updates from staff on the SEU Program, upcoming street life expenditures and MOMENT at San Pedro Squared.
Next Meeting: March 19, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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.
Contact: Bree von Faith
Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on Feb. 21 to discuss updates on Downtown Doors, talk through program expansion, and to discuss potential partnerships.
Next Meeting: March 21, Noon, SJDA, 28 N. First St., 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 Feb. 20. Members were updated on the San Pedro Street Closure Pilot which will extend the time of the street closure on Fridays after the Farmers’ Market for 8 weeks (May 10 – June 28) from 4-10 p.m. The budget includes staffing, set up, tear down and light activation (large games such as corn hole and Jenga and Adirondack chairs). Members discussed ideas for additional programming such as music, art, and artisan vendors. Arian Collen from DOT talked about parking system upgrades and Chloe Verrey gave an update on Groundwerx and the Groundwerx Everywhere app.
Next meeting: March 12, 3:30 p.m., District, 65 N. San Pedro St.
SoFA Leadership Team
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez
Past meeting: The SoFA Leadership Team met on Feb. 27. The team discussed the perspectives of key stakeholders in the district and finalized goals and future initiatives. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.
Next meeting: April 24, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.
SoFAC (South First Area Committee)
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Roger Springall
Past meeting: SoFAC met on Jan. 30. The meeting included discussion on SoFA boundaries, ways to better communicate between businesses, discussion on events in the district and a presentation from Team San Jose. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: March 27, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.
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 Feb. 22 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation. City staff is reviewing 25% design drawings on the park.
Next meeting: March 22, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
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.