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.

Public Meeting of the Board of Directors

and Business Improvement District (BID) Members

Friday, August 9, 2019

8:00 a.m.

San Jose Museum of Art 

At San 
Jose Downtown Association’s August 9 public meeting,

San Jose Chief of Police Eddie Garcia will comment on downtown safety.

Please RSVP to


Find previous meeting minutes here.

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors

Executive Committee Members

Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP

VP of Operations:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart

VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Doug Bartl


Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich



David Buchholz

Colliers International

Brian Corbett


Chris Neale

The Core Companies


Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services


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

Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident

Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley

Jarrod Jenkins

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident

Dalton “Chima” Osuka 

Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC

Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Marissa O'Rourke

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks

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: August 1, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000  (committee members only)

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 on June 25.  The committee discussed efforts around streamlining development.

Next meetingAugust 27, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St. 14th Floor

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 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 on June 27 and reviewed proposals for 200 Park Avenue and Cityview Plaza.

Next meetingAugust 22, 3 p.m., HGA, 84 W Santa Clara St. Suite 200

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 July 17 to receive learn more about SJPD’s Business Watch programming and the services provided by the city’s Small Business Allies.

Next meetingOctober 16, 2 p.m., Location TBD.

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: August 7, 10 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on June 6.  March financial statements were reviewed.  FY 2019-20 budget, sponsorship revenue and the status of searching for a new payroll provider were discussed.

Next meetingAugust 1, 9:30 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: TBD

Historic District

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

Co-Chair: Erin Salazar and Dana Domingo

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 June 11 and discussed the branding efforts for downtown and key districts including the downtown week promotion planned for September.

Next Meeting: August 13, 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: Doug Bartl

Past Meeting: The PBID Board met May 21 to discuss PBID staffing and receive an update on the annual PBID member survey.  PBID staff provided updates on the Groundwerx program, street life and business development updates.

Next Meeting: September 13, 8:00 a.m., Bridge Bank, 55 Almaden Blvd., Suite 100

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 May 16  to discuss this year’s Downtown Doors program and to celebrate the installation of 20 pieces of artwork in downtown.

Next Meeting: August 15, 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.

Past meeting: The committee met on May 16. A presentation was given on the downtown and district brands and updates were given on parking system upgrades to the Market & San Pedro Square Garage and the San Pedro street closure pilot.

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 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: June 26, 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: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past meeting: SoFAC met on March 27.  The meeting included discussion on ways to better communicate between businesses, discussion on events in the district and a discussion on safety and trespassing programs.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next meeting: September 25, 1 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 and Chloe Verrey

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

Next meeting: July 26, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955



Executive Director
Scott Knies

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao

Administrative and Program Assistant
Danielle Ratliff

Director of Policy and Operations 
Michelle Azevedo

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey

Street Life Manager
Marie Millares

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Partnership Manager
Tierney Yates

Events & Promotions Manager
Caitlin Hartley

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish


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.