City Manager


Xenia Bradford, MPP, JD, MA

City Manager, City of Solvang

805-688-5575 x204

The City Manager manages the day-to-day operations of the City. Acts as an advisor to the City Council on fiscal and City matters. The City Council sets policy, while the City Manager implements that policy. The Manager works as a facilitator, coordinator and catalyst, developing good working relationships and counting on and seeking out the support of the experts - City department directors, City staff, and the community.

Xenia has 15 years of experience specializing in a broad range of services within government and private sector industries – executive leadership and technical expertise. 

Education & Employment: 

Master of Public Policy, International Relations, Local and Regional Governments, Pepperdine University

Juris Doctorate, Law, Santa Barbara College of Law 

Master’s Degree, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Bachelor’s Degree, Business, Economics, and Accounting, University of California, Santa Barbara

Executive Seminar Certificate, Strategic Management of Public Organizations, University of California, Berkeley

Leadership San Luis Obispo, Class XVI 

City Manager & City Clerk, City of Solvang 

Acting City Manager, City of Solvang 

Administrative Services Director, City of Solvang 

Finance Consultant, City of Solvang 

Speaker, Government Fiscal Officers Association 

Finance Director & City Treasurer, City of San Luis Obispo 

Budget Manager, City of San Luis Obispo 

Director of Finance & Administration,

Enterprise Leader, County of Santa Barbara, Office of the County Executive 

Controller, FMS Productions

Professional Associations:

International City Management Association

Government Finance Officers’ Association