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.
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: August 2, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 May 22. The committee had a discussion with Ray Bramson, formerly with the City of San Jose’s Housing department and now with Destination: Home on homelessness and its impacts on Downtown San Jose.
Next meeting: June 26, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, Suite 1400
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chair: Joseph Horrigan
Past meeting: The Committee met on May 9 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. Meets monthly.
Next meeting: June 13, 5 p.m. San Pedro Square Market Bar, 87 N. San Pedro Street
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 April 25 and reviewed CMG’s Park to Paseo vision and an affordable housing project proposed for 226 Balbach Street.
Next meeting: June 6, 3 p.m., HGA Architects, 84 W Santa Clara Street
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 April 18 to receive an update from VTA on their Light Rail Safety Pilot. Staff from the City’s Environmental Services Department shared information on energy efficiency programs available to property and business owners. Meets on a quarterly basis.
Next meeting: July 18, 2 p.m., Harvest Properties, 75 E. Santa Clara
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met May 2 to approve its FY 2018-19 budget, amend board representation and increase monthly parking rates at three parking lots (1st/280, Woz/87 and Almaden/Wos).
Next meeting: Aug. 1, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Sarju Naran
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on May 23. Staff provided an update on status of BID/City Finance issues. April financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with updates to FY 18-19 budget. Staff provided update on status of ice rink FY 18-19 sponsorships.
Next meeting: June 27, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 January 17 with new Acting SJPD District Captain to review late night entertainment zone closing procedures. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed.
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Contact: Jonathan Borca
Past meeting: The Committee met June 12 to discuss current and potential Historic District events. Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction and general safety.
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
Next Meeting: June 12, 8:30 a.m. Location 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: Chuck Hammers
Past Meeting: The PBID Board met May 15 on Street Life projects for FY 18-19, discuss the Secondary Enforcement Unit program and receive an update on the Clean and Safe RFP process.
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 April 10 to discuss recruitment efforts, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.
Next Meeting: June 12, Noon, SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 last met on March 15 and will meet again in June, now that the San Pedro Square Leadership Team has had its first two meetings.
Next meeting: June 21, 2:30 p.m., Sushi Confidential, 31 N. Market 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 March 21. The team discussed key initiatives in marketing and branding of SoFA including the launch of the SoFA Farmers’ Market this summer. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.
Next meeting: May 30, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street
SoFAC (South First Area Committee)
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chair: Roger Springall
Past meeting: The SoFAC met on April 26. The meeting featured updates on new developments coming to SoFA and a discussion of the events this spring. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: June 27, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street
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 May 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.
Next meeting: June 22, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room 550
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.