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Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. With more than 70,000 employees, the Department of the Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Prior to her confirmation, Ms. Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as president and chief executive officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). She joined REI as chief operating officer in 2000 and was named CEO in 2005. During her tenure REI nearly tripled in business to $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine.
Before joining REI, Ms. Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an energy and natural resources expert and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive the nation’s economy. Trained as a petroleum engineer, she started her career with Mobil Oil Corp. in the oil and gas fields of Oklahoma and the exploration and production office in Denver.
An avid outdoorswoman, Ms. Jewell enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, and other activities. She has scaled Mount Rainier on seven occasions, and recently climbed Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica.
Ms. Jewell graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.