An Indian American woman, Sumiti Mehta, is the new Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the District 1 (Natomas), Sacramento, California.
Mehta was sworn-in by Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, on Thursday.
Ashby is the District One Sacramento City Council-member, having been elected to office in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018.
Mehta lives with her husband, Sudeep Mehta, a senior manager with Deloitte Consultancy, and two children, Akshaj, 13, years and Atiksh, 7.
She was born and raised in New Delhi, where she completed her bachelors and graduate program in advertising and public relations.
An involved community activist, she has written for various magazines, including Sacramento Parent Magazine, and also made appearances on ABC News 10 in their digital segment “Moms Explain it All”.
She is an active reader with the Sacramento Reading Partners organization that pairs caring adults with students who need help catching up with their literacy goals. She has served on several Natomas Unified School District committees, including the ballot measure oversight committee.