Karen Brust has been a successful California City Manager for over 10 years. Having served as City Manager in the cities of Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano, Karen was appointed by the Encinitas City Council as City Manager in September 2015. She has over 30 years of senior public sector management experience. Karen previously served as the Director of Finance/Treasurer for San Diego County Water Authority, the Director of Finance for two cities in California, and as Deputy Director of Finance for New London, Connecticut and Treasurer for Wallingford, Connecticut. Her life-long commitment to public service is driven by her passion for community engagement and quality customer service.
Karen holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Science from Connecticut State University. She is a Certified Public Finance Officer and also possesses a certificate in Municipal Financial Leadership from the University of Southern California. Karen is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the California City Manager’s Foundation and the Government Finance Officers’ Association.