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



Matthew Mahood

The Silicon Valley Organization


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: Nov. 5, 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 Sept 22.  The committee discussed the D4, D6 council elections, AB900 re: Google Downtown West project,  Al Fresco dining program, and the BART South Entrance process.

Next Meeting: Oct 27, 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 May 17 to discuss fundraising strategies for the Almaden Boulevard Median project.  Staff is looking to revamp the project list and has potential projects to present to the board in October.

Next Meeting: Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m.


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 Sept. 24 and reviewed a student housing proposal from Urban Catalyst.

Next meeting:  Oct. 24, 3 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call 

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 July 15 to discuss challenges with managing commercial properties during the shelter in place orders.

Next Meeting: Oct. 21, 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 last met September 16.  Henry Cord was re-elected chairperson, Charlie Faas was elected vice-chairperson. FY20-21 Annual Work Plan was approved.  The proposed budget info was developed back in April, not capturing the extent of the decline in parking activity and financial impacts from COVID-19.  SJDA gave update on marketing efforts for new parking hours.

Next Meeting: Nov. 4, 10 a.m.


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met Sept. 28 to receive year-end financial review reports for FY 19-20 from outside auditors for SJDA and PBID.  Also received July financials and reviewed FY 20-21 revised budget.

Next Meeting: Oct. 28, 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: Post Street between First and Lightson was closed Sept. 9 for al fresco. The Historic District celebrated a reimagined Post Street on Sept. 10 with new trees, crosswalks, lighting and banners in a collaboration with District 3 council office and LGBTQ community.  New co-chairs are Eric Nielsen of 55 South and Alex Olsen of WeWork. Outreach to the 138 business has commenced. 

Next Meeting: Oct 29, 3 p.m.


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 Aug. 18 the Board received an update on the organizational stabilization work, PBID renewal process, discussed upcoming street life projects and the PBID staff provided program updates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Next Meeting: Nov. 17, 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 September 17,  2020.  Income Statement and Balance Sheet reviewed.  A special meeting was scheduled for October 1 to review 2020/21 budget projections, Balance Sheet detail and to make the recommendation to move forward with adding 10 more Doors, and possibly some Windows for the Winter 2020 outdoor gallery concept.

Next Meeting: Oct. 1, 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 last met on May 21 via Zoom.  On July 24, San Pedro Street was transformed into a safe, walkable al fresco dining area.  Restaurants with tables “on the street” are serving lunch and dinner daily until 10 p.m. except for lunch on Fridays when tables and chairs are moved for the Downtown Farmers’ Market between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Other SPS restaurants are serving on their outdoor patios.  A new San Pedro Square website will be launching soon.

Next Meeting: Oct. 14, 3 p.m. via Zoom Conference Call

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 met September 30.  The meeting included Al Fresco consideration of 300 block lane closure, 500 Block Pocket Park update, Annual Meeting voting,  and the SoFA Music Festival.  A special meeting is scheduled for October 29 to focus on cleaning and safety.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next Meeting: September 30, 1 p.m.,  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 Sept. 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.

Next Meeting: Oct. 23, 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

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.