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



Officers



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


David Buchholz
Colliers International


Joshua Burroughs
SWENSON


Brian Corbett
Gensler


Gino De Bernardo 
Downtown Resident


John Fernandez
Zoom Video communications


Breanna Gilbert 
KQED Silicon Valley


Joseph Horrigan
San Pedro Square Market


Hanif Ismail
Axis HOA and Salesforce


Jarrod Jenkins
Facebook


Ed Lambert
Bridge Bank


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: August 2, 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 May 22.  The committee had a discussion with Ray Bramson, formerly with the City of San Jose’s Housing department and now with Destination: Home on homelessness and its impacts on Downtown San Jose.

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

Board Organizational Committee

Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.

Chair: Joseph Horrigan

Past meeting: The Committee met on June 13 to review board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.  

Next meeting: Aug. 8, 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 April 25 and reviewed CMG’s Park to Paseo vision and an affordable housing project proposed for 226 Balbach Street. 

Next meeting: June 6, 3 p.m., HGA Architects, 84 W Santa Clara Street

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 April 18 to receive an update from VTA on their Light Rail Safety Pilot. Staff from the City’s Environmental Services Department shared information on energy efficiency programs available to property and business owners.  Meets on a quarterly basis.

Next meeting: July 18, 2 p.m., Harvest Properties, 75 E. Santa Clara

Downtown Parking Board

This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The Board met May 2 to approve its FY 2018-19 budget, amend board representation and increase monthly parking rates at three parking lots (1st/280, Woz/87 and Almaden/Wos).  

Next meeting: Aug. 1, 10 a.m., City Hall


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Sarju Naran

Past meetingThe Finance Committee met on May 23.  Staff provided an update on status of BID/City Finance issues.  April financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with updates to FY 18-19 budget.  Staff provided update on status of ice rink FY 18-19 sponsorships.

Next meeting: Aug. 22, 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 Acting 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 meeting: The Committee met June 12 to discuss current and potential Historic District events.  Committee priorities include activating public and vacant spaces, branding/marketing, BART construction and general safety.


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

Next Meeting: July 10, 8:30 a.m., Location 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: Chuck Hammers

Past Meeting: The PBID Board met May 15 on Street Life projects for FY 18-19, discuss the Secondary Enforcement Unit program and receive an update on the Clean and Safe RFP process.    

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 June 12 to discuss recruitment efforts, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.   

Next Meeting:  Aug. 14, 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 meetingThe committee last met on March 15 and will meet again in June, now that the San Pedro Square Leadership Team has had its first two meetings.  

Next meeting: June 21, 2:30 p.m., Sushi Confidential, 31 N. Market 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 May 30.  The team discussed key initiatives in marketing and branding of SoFA as well as Better BikewaySJ and Viva Calle.  The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.

Next meeting: July 25, 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 meetingThe SoFAC met on April 26.  The meeting featured updates on new developments coming to SoFA and a discussion of the events this spring.  The general SoFA Committee Meetings now occur every other month.

Next meeting: June 27, 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 May 25 to discuss progress on capital/design, safety, feeding, maintenance and activation.

Next meeting: July TBD, 9 a.m., City Hall, Room 550  

 

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.