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.
President: Michael Rewkiewicz*
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP
VP of Operations: Chris Neale*
The Core Companies
VP of Marketing: Alan “Gumby” Marques*
Heroes Martial Arts
Treasurer: Sarju A. Naran*
Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company
Immediate Past President:
San Jose State University
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment
Gino De Bernardo
Zoom Video communications
KQED Silicon Valley
San Pedro Square Market
Axis HOA and Salesforce
AC Hotel Sunnyvale/San Jose North
Julie Riera Matsushima
Dalton “Chima” Osuka
Continental Bar, Lounge and Patio
Insight Realty Company
San Jose Earthquakes
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: May 3, 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 March 29. The committee heard presentations from the California High Speed Rail Authority and the City of San Jose’s Department of Transportation’s Regional Rail division.
Next meeting: April 24, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chair: Joseph Horrigan
Past meeting: The Committee met on March 14 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. Meets monthly.
Next meeting: April 11, 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 February 28 and discussed changes to the City of San Jose’s Downtown Design Guidelines.
Next meeting: April 25, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart Architects, Market Street Suite 1000
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 January 17 to receive an update from Abode Services and the city’s Housing Department on the opening of Plaza Hotel. Meets on a quarterly basis.
Next meeting: April 18, 2 p.m., City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street
Downtown Parking Board
This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.
Chair: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Board met February 7 and unanimously approved a plan to expand Smart Meters at all on-street parking meters and increase parking rate at new meters to $2/hr. The Board also approved a waiver of up to 50 metered parking spaces for the City’s new parklet program.
Next meeting: May 2, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chair: Sarju Naran
Past meeting:The Finance Committee met on March 28. February financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of proposed FY 18-19 budget. Other matters discussed included board give/get and approval of FY 16-17 Form 990 for filing.
Next meeting: April 25, 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 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: Committee met February 20 to discuss objectives and priorities for 2018. Interest areas include on-site activations, branding/marketing, BART construction and general safety. The committee is in the process of selecting a chair and will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Next meeting: April 17, 1:15 p.m., Hopkins & Carley, 70 S. First St.
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
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 March 27 to review the proposed FY 2018-19 budget, set assessment rates for FY 2018-19 and receive an update on San Pedro Squared.
Next Meeting: May 15, 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 March 13 to discuss recruitment efforts, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.
Next Meeting: April 10, 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 met on March 15. Updates were given on neighborhood construction projects including San Pedro Squared. The group discussed producing a brochure for the neighborhood. A proposal to form a San Pedro Square leadership team was approved. The first Leadership Team meeting will be on April 19, followed by a second meeting in May.
Next meeting: June
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 January 31. The meeting featured updates on new exhibits and lighting coming to SoFA and a discussion of the events coming up this spring. The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.
Next meeting: April 25, 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 March 23 to discuss other St. James Park initiatives other than capital/design – safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.
Next meeting: April 27, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room 644
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.