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


Katia McClain

Steinberg Hart

Vice President of Operations:
Jarrod Jenkins

VP of Marketing:

Frank Nguyen
Academic Coffee


Brian Bates
San Jose State University


Elizabeth Truong

Lee’s Sandwiches Corp.


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



Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez


Alan "Gumby" Marques

Heroes Martial Arts

Dan Pulcrano

Silcon Valley Metro Newspapers

Jeanne Serpa

Republic Services


Neda Tabatabaie

San Jose Sharks

Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank


Dap Ashaolu

Nirvana Soul

Joshua Burroughs

Urban Catalyst

Ernst Calais


Elizabeth Cirone

Hopkins & Carley

Brian Corbett


Matt Lituchy
Jay Paul Company

Eric Nielsen
55 South and SP2

Gino De Bernardo

Downtown resident

Daniel Marsh
Hoge Fenton

Garrett Perez

Pinnacle Peak Advisors, LLC

Breanna Gilbert 
Downtown Resident

Sam Ramirez
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio

Thoi "Toy" Trinh
The Good Spot 

Nick Goddard
Colliers International

Chris Neale

The Core Companies


Emily Ruvalcaba
Bridge Bank

Stan Vuckovich

Interested in joining the board? Email Nathan Ulsh at


Want to get involved? Let us know which committee you're interested in joining. Email Corinna Dixon at

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: Sept. 2, 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 July 27.  City Housing and OED staff presented the Housing Crisis Work Plan with a focus on Commercial Linkage Fee (CLF).  A quick update about Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) from SJDA staff was given with outreach from the County currently being conducted.

Next Meeting: Aug. 24, 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: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The DCDC met on May 19.  Financial review, MOMENT and EDA grant updates were shared.  Contract renewal for MOMENT with SJMADE discussed as well as potential expansion of MOMENT, expanding to parklet, street, and/or garage bays.

Next Meeting: Sept. 15, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

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 May 6 and reviewed ICON/ECHO from Urban Catalyst located on East Santa Clara and North Fourth Streets.

 Next meeting: Sept. 6, 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 May 11 to meet newly promoted SJPS Central Division Captain Carlos Acosta and receive updates on downtown police resources.

Next Meeting: Aug. 18, 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 met June 2.  Charlie Faas of SJSU was elected chairperson. The 2021-22 workplan, FY21-22 budget and five-year Capital Improvements budget were all reviewed.

Next Meeting: Sept. 1, 10 a.m. TBD

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

ChairDoug Bartl

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met on June 1 to accept April financial reports, review the FY 20-21 revised budget and proposed FY 21-22 Budget.  The committee forwarded the FY21-22 budget to the board for approval.

Next Meeting: TBD, 9 a.m. via Zoom Conference Call

Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met April 26 to receive updates about PATH’s pilot storage program, the assisted outpatient treatment advocacy opportunities and discuss additional potential advocacy items for the committee. 

Next Meeting: Aug.  27, 2 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Historic District

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

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The Historic District met May 20 and discussed Al Fresco and Post Street partial closure, Dine Downtown and a follow up on the VTA proposal to install barriers along the light rail tracks.  The committee will meet again in September

Next Meeting: TBD


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: Julie Carlson

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 May14 the PBID Board held a special joint meeting with the SJDA Board that focused on PBID renewal. 

Next Meeting: Aug. 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: Donna Butcher

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met July 15.  The judges picked 10 doors for this round, SJDA was the tiebreaker for the last door; great submissions! Discussed the reception and put dates out to check with SJMOA.  Talked about how we can better fundraise in the future, went over the spreadsheet and assigned some potential donors to board members.   

Next Meeting: Aug. 19, Noon (TBD)

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 met on June 1 and discussed the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the proposed San Pedro Street Closure.  Updates were given on businesses reopening and new businesses opening in San Pedro, Dine Downtown and Make Music San Jose and SJDA’s Hiring Board.  Lt. Ken Tran was available to answer questions or address concerns.  Businesses were reminded to register and update their listings on the new San Pedro Square website:  On June 24 and July 15, the County of Santa Clara brought their new mobile vaccine van to San Pedro Street, and hosted free vaccines.  Those that got vaccinated received $15 gift card incentives from select San Pedro businesses. 

Next Meeting: Aug./Sept., 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 on July 28 in person at Guildhouse.  20+ people attended, everyone was happy to be in person.  Business owners, managers and event staff from several organizations all got to give updates on their operations. Gumby highlighted how important it is for the business owners in SoFA to receive all communications, most importantly, the street closure notifications. The general SoFA Committee meets every other month.      

Next Meeting: Sept. 22, 1 p.m. location TBD

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 July 23 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation. 

Next Meeting: Aug. 27, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call




Executive Director
Scott Knies

Accounting Manager
Dori Gao

Budget Analyst
Peggy Bradley

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon

Office Assistant
Kayla Carlson

Director of Policy and Operations
Nathan Ulsh

Director of Public Space Operations
Chloe Shipp

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc

Business Resiliency Manager
Omar Torres

PBID Coordinator
Dennis Yu

Street Life Manager
Sarah Billings

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson

Events and Promotions Manager
Donna Butcher
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Jessica Vuong

Director of Special Projects
Autumn Young

Promotions Coordinator
Lauren Nuttall

Communications Director
Rick Jensen

Web Lead
Archana Dalgleish

Communications Specialist
Ashley Cullen


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.