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

Executive Committee Members


Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart

Vice President of Operations:
Jarrod Jenkins

VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Doug Bartl


Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP


Brian Corbett


Chris Neale

The Core Companies


Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services


Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks

Elizabeth Truong

Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.


Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank


Board Members

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Ernst Calais


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley

Yusuf Clack


Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident

Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley

Nick Goddard
Colliers International

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Frank Nguyen

Academic Coffee

Matt Lituchy
Jay Paul Company

Alan "Gumby" Marques

Heroes Martial Arts

Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident

Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC

Matthew Mahood

The Silicon Valley Organization

Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers

Dennis Randall
Acquity Realty, Inc.

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Stan Vuckovich



Interested in joining the board? Email Bree von Faith at


Want to get involved? Let us know which committee you're interested in joining. Email Corinna Dixon at

Executive Committee

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: TBD

Advocacy Committee

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 meetingThe Advocacy Committee met Feb 11.  The committee discussed transportation solutions for Airport-Diridon connectors. 

Next meeting: TBD

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 May 17, 2019 to discuss fundraising strategies for the Almaden Boulevard Median project.  The board reviewed the updated design work and presentation for the median project and decided that staff should start meeting with potential donors. 

Next meeting: TBD

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: Brian Corbett

Past meetingThe committee met Oct. 24 and reviewed a proposal for a six-floor commercial building at Fountain Alley and South First Street by Urban Catalyst.  The committee also discussed Golden Nail nominees.

Next meetingTBD

Downtown Commercial Properties

Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties.  Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met Jan. 15 to receive information on PBID services and plan speakers for the rest of the 2020 meetings.  

Next meeting: TBD

Downtown Parking Board

This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met March 4.  The Parking Board approved the pursuit of a new Woz/87 Caltrans lease and discussed conceptual updates to the master parking rate schedule.  There are two At-Large representative vacancies on the Downtown Parking Board.

Next meeting: June 3, 10 a.m., City Hall, 14th Floor, Room 1446

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past meetingThe Finance Committee met March 5 to discuss January financial statements, preliminary ice rink results and FY 19-20 budget. 

Next meeting: June 4, 9:30 a.m. TBD

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 Aug. 21 for a presentation from the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs geared specifically to nightlife workers.

Next meeting: TBD

Historic District

Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.

Contact: Bree von Faith

Past meetingCommittee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.  

Next meeting: TBD


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.

Contact: Bree von Faith

Past Meeting: This team met on Jan. 14 and discussed the branding efforts for downtown and key districts including a rollout plan for the spring.

Next Meeting: TBD

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: Doug Bartl

Past Meeting: Met March 24 to approve the FY 2020-21 budget and assessment rate.  PBID staff provided program updates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Next Meeting: TBD

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 February 27 and discussed plans for Board of Trustee outreach, online giving portal, and Downtown Doors reception on May 7 at the Museum of Art at 5 p.m.

Next Meeting: TBD

San Pedro Square Committee

This committee works on marketing, events, safety and other issues in the San Pedro Square neighborhood.

Past meetingThe committee met Jan. 8.  SJPD Captain David Santos and Sergeant Leo Prescott were invited to the meeting to discuss issues members are having with late night patrons and street vendors.

Next meeting: TBD

SoFA Leadership Team

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

Past meeting: The SoFA Leadership Team met Aug. 28 and discussed key topics for the district including a discussion with PATH on homelessness and results from the downtown perception survey related to branding.

Next meeting: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past meeting: SoFAC met Feb. 26.  The meeting included updates on development, events and cross marketing efforts in the SoFA district.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.   

Next meeting: TBD

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: Chloe Shipp

Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met February 28 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.   The governance subcommittee is reconvening.

Next meeting: TBD



Executive Director
Scott Knies

Managing Director
Bree von Faith

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao

Director of Policy and Operations
Nathan Ulsh

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Shipp

Street Life Manager
Marie Millares

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

PBID Project Coordinator
Dennis Yu

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish

Membership and Program Coordinator
Jessica Vuong
Event Coordinator
Bronte Reyes


BID stands for Business Improvement District. A BID is authorized by state law and created by the city council. Its purpose is to promote and improve a specific area for the benefit of businesses within the area. The BID fee a property assesment that pays for that work. In San Jose, the city assesses all business license holders a BID fee annually.