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
Friday, December 14, 2018
We have quite a lot to cover for 2018 in the annual Year in Review show. Election year, BART decisions, Google plans and more transactions than when RDA was still in business. The event includes Executive Director Scott Knies’ “slide” show on the big screen, farewell to term-limited board members – including founding PBID Board President Chuck Hammers – and presentation of the Golden Nail award, plus lots of coffee and muffins.
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Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at firstname.lastname@example.org
VP of Operations:
The Core Companies
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank
* 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: January 3, 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 Nov. 27. The committee discussed potential models for capturing and spending value created by changing OEI building height limits on the west side of downtown.
Next meeting: January 22, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., Suite 1400
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chair: Joseph Horrigan
Past meeting: The Committee met on June 13 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.
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: Steve Cox
Past meeting: The committee met on Oct. 24 and reviewed a proposed mid rise residential project from Acquity Realty at 477 S. Market St.
Next meeting: January 23, 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 Oct. 17 to receive an update on public safety and BART construction.
Next meeting: January 16, 2 p.m., Ten Almaden, 10 Almaden Blvd.
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met on Oct. 3 to approve its FY 2017-18 Financial Report and 2018-19 capital budget.
Next meeting: February 3, 2019, 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 November 28. October financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of FY 18-19 budget. Staff provided an update on ice rink for the 18-19 season. Other matters included discussion of new committee members for 2018. Sarju Naran will term off the board as treasurer and committee chair at the end of 2018. Members thanked Naran for his one year of service. Doug Bartl will assume the position of board treasurer and committee chair in 2019. Members also thanked Peggy Bradley for her exemplary work as SJDA Finance and Administration Director. There will no meeting in December.
Next meeting: January 23, 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 Sept. 18 to tour a recently-opened local craft distillery. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed.
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 committee’s next meeting will be a mixer on Jan. 17.
Next meeting: January 17,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.
Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past Meeting: This team met on Nov. 13 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform our research process.
Next Meeting: December 11, 8:30 a.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 Dec. 5 to select officers for 2019, and heard updates from staff on the SEU Program, MOMENT at San Pedro Squared and potential Fountain Alley activation efforts.
Next Meeting: January 29, 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 Nov. 15 to review the annual plan, talk through program expansion, track board outreach and to discuss potential partnerships.
Next Meeting: December 20, 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 Oct. 18. Malain McCormick from the College Football Playoff host committee gave an update on the proposed street closure for San Pedro Street. An update was given on the San Pedro Square Closure Pilot program. The street closure will be from 3-10 p.m. on Fridays, in May and June, immediately following the Farmers’ Market. The leadership team update included the design proposal for a new San Pedro Square logo and recruiting more members to the leadership team.
Next meeting: December 18, Olla Cocina, 17 N.San Pedro St.
SoFA Leadership Team
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez
Past meeting: The Leadership Team met on Sept. 27. Malain McCormick from the College Football Playoff host committee gave an update on the wet zone proposed for San Pedro Street. Members discussed dates and times for the city’s proposed street closure pilot, reviewed a design proposal for a new San Pedro Square logo and talked about recruiting more members to the leadership team. The team meets every other month or as needed.
Next meeting: TBD
SoFAC (South First Area Committee)
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Roger Springall
Past meeting: SoFAC met on Oct. 31. The meeting featured updates on public safety with a Q&A with SJPD and a meet and greet with new SoFA property owners, Urban Community. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: January 30, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First St.
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 Downtown Community Development Corporation (DCDC) met on October 26 to hear updates on the Almaden Median project, and to elect three new Board members. DCDC will hold its annual organizational meeting on January 25.
Next meeting: January 25, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000
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 Nov. 30 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation. City staff is reviewing 25% design drawings on the park.
Next meeting: January 25, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
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.