Chula Vista
United States of America

Maria V. Kachadoorian was appointed City Manager in June 2020 after serving as Assistant City Manager. She is the first woman and first Latina to serve as City Manager. She began her career at the County of San Diego. Kachadoorian has worked at the City of Chula Vista since 1998 where she started in the Finance Department, advanced to Finance Director, before becoming Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, then City Manager. 

Her strong finance background helped lead the City through the Great Recession and she will be instrumental in implementing innovative strategies to mitigate the financial, economic and community impacts to the City and residents from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kachadoorian also will oversee efforts to advance the Chula Vista Bayfront development, boost momentum for the University and Innovation district, launch Ambulance Transport Services, and foster initiatives that better connect the City’s diverse communities. She also will be involved in continued implementation and oversight of the Measure P and Measure A sales tax programs to advance infrastructure and public safety staffing.

She is a long-time resident of South County and lives in Chula Vista. Kachadoorian was born in Tijuana and immigrated to the United States as an infant. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

Kachadoorian participates in a number of professional organizations including International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO). In 2013, Kachadoorian was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as CFO of the year. She is a proud Chula Vista Rotarian.