Downtown Association Of Santa Cruz

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz manages a ‘Business Improvement District‘ established to promote commerce and provide an environment compatible with doing business. Business operators in the Downtown district contribute an assessment which is allocated by the Downtown Association Board of Directors to further the mission of the Downtown Association. The Board of Directors is comprised of, and elected by, assessed business owners in Downtown Santa Cruz.

The primary function of the Downtown Association is to promote Downtown Santa Cruz.

The Downtown Association also advocates for businesses and serves as a representative with government agencies and other organizations when addressing issues specific or pertinent to the Mission of the Downtown Association.

For Downtown Businesses: Downtown Business Portal

Downtown Association Board of Directors

Board Chair
Cara Pearson, Pacific Cookie Company

Vice Chair
David Guzman, Sol Property Advisors

Bill Kempf, William C. Kempf, Architect 

Janis Coulter, Cognito Clothing

Marketing Committee Chair
Jennalee Dahlen, Yoso Wellness Spa

Downtown Recovery Committee Chair
Kamala Allison, Fybr Bamboo

Nominations Committee Chair
Suna Lock, Stripe 

At-Large Directors
Germaine Akin, 515 Kitchen & Cocktails
Patrice Boyle, Soif Wine Bar and Merchant
Zach Davis, The Penny Ice Creamery and Snap Taco
Shiri Gradek, Sereno Group Realtors

Board Observers
Stuyvie Bearns Esteva, Lúpulo Craft Beer House
Emily Coonerty, Dell Williams Jewelers
Joe Ferrara, Atlantis Fantasy World
Linnaea Holgers James, Artisans & Agency

Downtown Association Staff
Jorian Wilkins, Executive Director
Sonja Brunner, Director of Operations
Shiri Gradek, Marketing Partner

Downtown Association Meetings

The Downtown Association Board of Directors meets every month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Board Subcommittees meet between Board sessions, also on Tuesdays at 8:30am. Members are welcome; links to join below.

Upcoming meetings

February 9
Finance Committee | Regular Update
Link to join

February 16
Board of Directors | February Meeting
Link to join

February 23
Marketing Committee | This Week Downtown + More!
Link to join

March 2
Downtown Recovery | Creative Economy with MAH Director Robb Woulfe
Link to join

Catch-up on Last Month! 

Downtown Recovery | Lessons Learned from the Post-Earthquake Recovery 
with Joe Ferrara, Atlantis Fantasy World, Ellen Gil, Sockshop & Shoe Co., Joe Hall, former Asst. Redevelopment Director, Cynthia Matthews, former Mayor, Larry Pearson, Pacific Cookie Company, and Patty Zoccoli, Zoccoli’s Deli
Link to watch

Recent Meeting Minutes
January 2021
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020

Note: Downtown Association Board Meetings or Subcommittee Meetings do not take place in December.

FY2021 Workplan
FY2021 Budget

Programs of the Downtown Association

Downtown Dollars
Information Kiosk
Downtown Ambassador Program
Downtown Marketing
Holiday Events + Promotion