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





Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at sknies@sjdowntown.com


Officers



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


VP of Operations:

Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart


VP of Marketing:

Sam Ramirez

Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio


Treasurer:

Doug Bartl

Oracle


Secretary:
Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich

KBM-Hogue

 
 

Members




David Buchholz

Colliers International


Brian Corbett

Gensler


Chris Neale

The Core Companies

 


Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services

 


Elizabeth Truong

Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.

 


Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank

 
 

Directors



Brian Bates
San Jose State University


Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst



Ernst Calais

Adobe


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley


Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident


Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley


Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook


Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank


Julie Riera Matsushima 
Downtown Resident


Dalton “Chima” Osuka 
PowerBowl


Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC


Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers


Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Marissa Silver
ServiceNow

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks






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: April 4, 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 meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on Feb. 26.  The committee discussed streamlining development fees and process within the Planning department.

Next meeting: March 26, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St., Suite 1400  

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 Jan. 25 to discuss plans for the Almaden Boulevard Median project, and to elect Board officers.  

Next meeting: March 22, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First St., Suite 1000


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 meetingThe committee met on Feb. 27 and reviewed Adobe’s plan for a fourth tower at their corporate headquarters with a skybridge over San Fernando Street connecting the buildings.

Next meeting: March 27, 3 p.m., Steinberg Hart, 125 S. Market St., #110

Downtown Commercial Properties

Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties.  Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Contact: Chloe Verrey

Past MeetingThe committee met on Jan. 16 to receive an update on street life projects and BART construction.   

Next meeting: April 17, 2 p.m., The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.

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: May 1, 10 a.m., City Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1352


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Sarju Naran

Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on Feb. 27.  January financial statements were reviewed.  A preliminary FY 2019-20 budget was reviewed and accepted.  A report on filling the Accounting Manager position was given.

Next meeting: March 27, 9 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: TBA

Historic District

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

Contact: Jonathan Borca  

Past meeting: Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction, general safety and touring San Jose staples/landmarks.  The meeting will begin with a tour so arrive promptly.

Next meeting: March 19, 1:15 p.m., San Jose Improv, 62 S. 2nd St.


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.

Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques

Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Past Meeting: This team met on Feb. 12 and discussed branding efforts of each district and key stakeholders in Downtown San Jose to help inform upcoming campaigns.

Next Meeting: March 12, 3:30 p.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: Chuck Hammers

Past Meeting: The PBID Board met Jan. 29 to discuss the 2019 board calendar, receive a fiscal year budget update, and heard updates from staff on the SEU Program, upcoming street life expenditures and MOMENT at San Pedro Squared.

Next Meeting: March 19, 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 Feb. 21 to discuss updates on Downtown Doors, talk through program expansion, and to discuss potential partnerships.

Next Meeting: March 21, 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.

Chair: Nick Nichols

Past meeting: The committee met on Feb. 20.  Members were updated on the San Pedro Street Closure Pilot which will extend the time of the street closure on Fridays after the Farmers’ Market for 8 weeks (May 10 – June 28) from 4-10 p.m.  The budget includes staffing, set up, tear down and light activation (large games such as corn hole and Jenga and Adirondack chairs).  Members discussed ideas for additional programming such as music, art, and artisan vendors. Arian Collen from DOT talked about parking system upgrades and Chloe Verrey gave an update on Groundwerx and the Groundwerx Everywhere app.

Next meeting: March 12, 3:30 p.m., District, 65 N. San Pedro 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 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: April 24, 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: Roger Springall

Past meeting: SoFAC met on Jan. 30.  The meeting included discussion on SoFA boundaries, ways to better communicate between businesses, discussion on events in the district and a presentation from Team San Jose.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next meeting: March 27, 4 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

Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met Feb. 22 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.  City staff is reviewing 25% design drawings on the park.

Next meeting: March 22, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room T955

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

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

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao
Email: dgao@sjdowntown.com

Administrative and Program Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations 
Michelle Azevedo
Email: mazevedo@sjdowntown.com

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey
Email: cverrey@sjdowntown.com

Street Life Manager
Jason Su
Email: jsu@sjdowntown.com

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

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Email: bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Communications Director
Rick Jensen
Email: rjensen@sjdowntown.com

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson
Email: jcarlson@sjdowntown.com

Partnership Manager
Jonathan Borca
Email: jborca@sjdowntown.com

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish
Email: adalgleish@sjdowntown.com

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.