Beti GirmaCalifornia Water Resource Control Board, Water Resource Control Engineer
Beti Girma is a Water Resource Control Engineer with the Division of Drinking Water at the State Water Resource Control Board. She is the program manager for the Lead Sampling in California Schools Program, a program created to implement the school lead sampling in drinking water regulations outlined in Assembly Bill 746. Prior to joining the Division of Drinking Water, Beti worked at the Division of Water Rights as well as at an engineering consulting firm in Davis.
Beti was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and spent her early years in Stuttgart, Germany before she and her family relocated to Davis, CA. After spending her childhood in the Sacramento region, Beti attended Stanford University to pursue a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in African Studies. During her time at Stanford, Beti interned with the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She also studied abroad in Berlin and interned at the Technical University of Berlin’s Urban Water Management Department.
Currently, Beti volunteers with the International Rescue Committee and she also recently joined the Kenya East Kanyamamba project with Sacramento's Engineers Without Borders professional chapter. Beti is passionate about environmental health, water infrastructure, human rights, and international development. In her spare time, she enjoys playing violin in the American River College Orchestra, playing with her band Cloud Hats, reading, thrift shopping, and befriending neighborhood cats.