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



President:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart


Vice President of Operations:
Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook


VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Treasurer:

Doug Bartl

Oracle


Secretary:
Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

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

 
 


Brian Corbett

Gensler


Chris Neale

The Core Companies

 


Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services

 


Alan "Gumby" Marques

Heroes Martial Arts


Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks


Elizabeth Truong

Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.

 


Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank



Stan Vuckovich
KBM-Hogue


Board Members



Brian Bates
San Jose State University


Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst



Ernst Calais

Adobe


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley


Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident


Breanna Gilbert 
Downtown Resident


Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank


Nick Goddard
Colliers International



Frank Nguyen

Academic Coffee


Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC



Matt Lituchy
Jay Paul Company


Dennis Randall
Acquity Realty, Inc.


Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident


Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers


Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe


Interested in joining the board? Email Bree von Faith at bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Committees


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


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: Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call  (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 Meeting: The Advocacy Committee met Nov. 24.  The committee was given an update on several items including the guidelines for Al Fresco emergency order to extend to midnight, VTA South-side entrance coalition to advocate for this project to transpire and the temporary cap of 15 percent on third party food delivery fees and the downtown west/Diridon development concerns (crane policy, parking/access, track alignment).

Next Meeting: Jan. 26, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

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 Oct. 30.  Financials and MOMENT updates were shared. Board discussed the DCDC Venture fund, after a presentation from Michael Rewkiewicz.  Board decided to move forward with the project concept and follow-up. Recruitment of another board member pending.

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 Meeting: The committee met Dec. 9 and reviewed two mixed use projects from Urban Community & Westbank, Park Habitat and the Fountain Alley Building.

Next meeting:  TBD

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 Oct. 21 to discuss challenges with managing commercial properties during the shelter in place orders.  Central Division Lt. Anaya answered questions on public safety and SJPD’s plan for Election Day related protests.  SJDA staff member Marie Millares provided an update on Holiday Lighting efforts throughout the downtown core.

Next Meeting: Jan. 20, 2 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair: Henry Cord

Past Meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met Nov. 4.  The 2019-20 financials and on-street smart meter revenue report were presented.  The board discussed a “conceptual approval of updated meter rates and hours” including an increase in hours of operation (extend to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and implement a banded pricing model at single space meters.  The Board voted to bring this topic back in Sept. 2021 post-pandemic. 

Next Meeting: March 3, 10 a.m.


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met Dec. 2 to accept October financial reports.  Also reviewed FY 20-21 revised budget.

Next Meeting: Jan. 27, 9 a.m. via Zoom Conference Call

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

Historic District

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

Contact: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: Historic District met Oct. 29.  Since this was the first meeting for the year, we did introductions of the 15 people on the video call.  D3 gave updates on al fresco dining guidelines and emergency ordinance; city staff provided feedback as well. VTA gave a presentation for the BART project.  Discussed the timeline for businesses to open in the next couple weeks and how the business community plans to acclimate to cold season, winterization.

Next Meeting: TBD


Marketing

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 March 10  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: On Nov. 17 the Board received an update on the PBID renewal process, discussed upcoming street life projects, elected 2021 officers, received revisions to the FY20-21 budget and provided direction on the annual clean and safe contract renewal.

Next Meeting: Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

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 Nov. 19.  The Board reviewed proposed bylaw amendments and discussed updates on the installation of 10 more Downtown Doors in December as an extension of the spring 2020 program.

Next Meeting: Jan. 21, Noon, via Zoom Conference Call


San Pedro Square Committee

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

Co- Chair: David Mulvehill and Randy Musterer

Past Meeting: The committee met on Oct. 21 and discussed Al Fresco dining and ideas for winterization. VTA gave a presentation on BART and talked about their upcoming Small Business Operations Survey. Neighborhood updates were given on Dine Downtown, the new San Pedro Square website, MOMENT and the holiday market at the Farmers’ Market. Current updates:  The new San Pedro Square website (sanpedrosquare.org) is live.  Businesses will be able to edit and update their listings.

Next Meeting: TBD

SoFA Leadership Team

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

Chair: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

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

Chair: Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques

Past Meeting: SoFAC held a special Cleaning and Safety meeting on October 28.  SoFA members were given the opportunity to provide feedback in advance of the meeting through a Google form:   six responses were received.  PBID Operations Manager Chloe Shipp brought in SJPD Capt. Kihmm, District 3 David Tran, and Serge Liliavois from PATH to address questions from the community.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next Meeting: Jan. TBD, via Zoom Conference Call


 
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 Dec. 4 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.   

Next Meeting: Jan. 22, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

 

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

Managing Director
Bree von Faith
Email: bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon
Email: cdixon@sjdowntown.com

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao
Email: dgao@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations
Nathan Ulsh
Email: nulsh@sjdowntown.com

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Shipp
Email: cshipp@sjdowntown.com

Street Life Manager
Marie Millares
Email: mmillares@sjdowntown.com

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc
Email: nleblanc@sjdowntown.com

PBID Coordinator
Dennis Yu
Email: dyu@sjdowntown.com

Communications Director
Rick Jensen
Email: rjensen@sjdowntown.com

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson
Email: jcarlson@sjdowntown.com

Community Engagement Director
Eric Glader
Email: eglader@sjdowntown.com

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish
Email: adalgleish@sjdowntown.com

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Jessica Vuong
Event Coordinator
Donna Butcher

FAQ

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.