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Willow Glen Business Association

Serving the Willow Glen Business District

SINCE the 1920's

Downtown Willow Glen businesses organized as the Willow Glen Merchants Association in the 1920's. In 1949 the name changed to the Willow Glen Business and Professional Association, which evolved in the 1990's to the Willow Glen Business Association.



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The WGBA organizes many events that bring people together in Downtown Willow Glen, such as holiday cable car rides, wine walks, BBQ in the Glen, trick or treat for kids and other community events. We also sponsor community events such as the Willow Glen 5K Run and the Safe Routes to School Program.

WGBA also helps:

-Maintain & beautify downtown areas

-Promote a positive identity for businesses in Willow Glen by:

  • Strategic Marketing & Promotion​

  • Public Relations

  • Sponsorships

  • Events & Festivals

  • Infrastructure & Beautification


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The WGBA was formed in 1984 and in 1988 it was incorporated as a non-profit organization under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law and is qualified as a non-profit organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(6), and governed by corporate bylaws.

When Willow Glen's property owners received approval from the City Council in 2008 to form a Community Benefit Improvement District (CBID), the WGBA was selected to manage it.

The CBID was implemented in January 2010 and the BID was phased out.


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In addition to managing CBID funds, the WGBA is also supported by sponsorships, associate member dues, grants and revenue from festival and events. 

A volunteer board of directors representing business and property owners, and associate and community members, manages the association with the help of a small paid staff.

Join our monthly board meetings to learn more.

2024 Board of Directors


Tim Mulcahy, SDS NexGen


Vice President/Secretary

Emilie Highley, Compass Real Estate



Kathleen Erdmann, The Thrift Box



Barbara Hartman, Snow Hartman Fong & Associates

At-Large Members

Frank Bejan, Mariette Chocolates

Julie Flores, Haute Tan

Bobbie Johnson, Wells Fargo Bank

Sara Rivas, Luxe Medica Aesthetics

Jamie Sizelove, Bay Area Phone Doctor

Brian Yi, Republic Urban Properties

Community Members

Colin Berger, Willow Glen Resident

Nate Perez, Willow Glen Resident

Ana Maria Russo, Willow Glen Resident

Steven Sibley, DiNapoli & Sibley Law Firm


Executive Committee – Meets last Friday of month at 9:00 am

Tim Mulcahy (President), Emilie Highley (Vice-President/Acting Secretary), Barbara Hartman (Treasurer), Kathleen Erdmann (Member-at-large)


Our Avenue Committee- Meets Thursday prior board meeting at 9:00 am

Kathleen Erdmann (Chair), Jamie Sizelove, Brian Yi, Kandy Stevens, Frank Bejan


Promotions & Events Committee – Meets last Thursday of month at 9:00 am

Emilie Highley (Chair), Sara Rivas, Ana Maria Russo, Nina Jackson, Julie Flores

Willow Glen Community Foundation - As scheduled

Tim Mulcahy, Emilie Highley, Barbara Hartman, Kathleen Erdmann


Board Parliamentarian – As scheduled

John Pisacane


Finance/CBID/Grant Committee – As scheduled 

Nate Perez (Chair), Steve Sibley, Tim Mulcahy, Kathleen Erdmann


Committee Roles


Executive Committee (Elected Officers)  Oversee progress of all WGBA committees; set agenda for board meetings; has authority to meet and act on behalf of Board in urgent situations where the full Board is unavailable (Bylaws, Article VI)

Our Avenue Committee  Assist WGBA staff with soliciting and overseeing contracts for maintenance of sidewalks and landscape/planters; work with property owners and city on graffiti abatement; oversee pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives, newspaper racks and other related infrastructure and beautification projects approved by board.

Member Relations Committee  Develop at least one activity per quarter that provides an opportunity for WGBA members to network, including mixers/socials, educational events, etc.   Assist staff with ongoing communication with members to improve awareness of WGBA activities and member benefits.

Promotions & Events Committee  Develop and implement an annual calendar of promotional campaigns and/or events (outside of the major events that have their own planning committees, such as Taste of WG, BBQ Competition, etc.) to support the overall strategic marketing goals for the district set by the Strategic Marketing Committee. 

Willow Glen Community Foundation Committee Develop public charity that will focus on supporting a geographical area, primarily by facilitating and pooling donations used to address community needs and working to 'Light Up the Avenue'

Board Parliamentarian  Advise WGBA board on meeting procedures and such books as Robert’s Rules of Order.  Assist in drafting bylaws.

Board Development Committee  Recruit nominees for annual election and for any vacancies as they arise and present to Board for approval.  Engage in ongoing recruitment and development of potential future board members.  Propose slate of officers for approval at February BOD meeting.

Finance/CBID/ Grant Committee  Review financial reports, internal controls, etc. and make recommendations to the board, as needed.   Ensure that all financial reviews and audits required by CBID or other contracts are performed.  Work closely with WGBA staff to prepare annual budget for presentation to board for approval at March meeting.

What helps set Willow Glen apart from the rest?


Our first order of business is to understand yours. The Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) holds monthly Board Meetings that we encourage all members to attend and provide feedback. We want you to know what's being discussed, what's in the works and what's happening next. 


Please join our next meeting! See the below for our events, benefits and our meeting notes!

The Willow Glen Business Association meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00am. Final board meeting minutes are posted here. Minutes of past/older meetings can be requested by emailing


This months meeting will be held in the Garden Theatre Conference Room, located on the second floor.

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Below, please find links to our meeting minutes for the current year and more. If you need to review minutes from past years not listed, please contact our office and we will forward/email minutes to you.


You may request previous years by contacting us via email at

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