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

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*
Hoge Fenton

Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Stan Vuckovich*
KBM/Hogue 

Directors

Doug Bartl
Oracle

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Doug Bentz
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment

Gino De Bernardo
Downtown Resident

David Buchholz
Colliers International

Joshua Burroughs
SWENSON

Brian Corbett
Gensler

John Fernandez
Zoom Video communications


Breanna Gilbert
KQED Silicon Valley

Joseph Horrigan
San Pedro Square Market

Hanif Ismail
Axis HOA and Salesforce

Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank

Michael Lerman
AC Hotel Sunnyvale/San Jose North

Julie Riera Matsushima
Downtown Resident

Katia McClain
Steinberg Hart

Dalton “Chima” Osuka
PowerBowl


Sam Ramirez*
Continental Bar, Lounge and Patio

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Jeanne Serpa*
Republic Services

Marissa Silver
San Jose Earthquakes      

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Elizabeth Truong
Lee’s Sandwiches

Geri Wong*
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank

* Executive Committee

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: May 3, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, 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 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 meetingThe 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


Finance Committee

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.

Historic District

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

Contact: Jonathan Borca  

Past meetingCommittee 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.


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

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

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

Director of Finance and Administration
Peggy Bradley
Email: pbradley@sjdowntown.com

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

Office Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations 
Derrick Seaver
Email: dseaver@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

Events and Promotions Manager 
Amy Anderson
Email: aanderson@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.