Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell

US Secretary of the Interior
Country: USA

Biography of Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell is an American businesswoman of English descent and the 51st Secretary of the Interior of the United States. She was born in England to Peter Roffey, an anesthesiologist, and his wife Anne. When Sally was four years old, her family moved to the United States after her father secured a position at the University of Washington.

Sally Jewell

Sally graduated from high school in 1973 and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in 1978. From 1978 to 1981, Jewell worked in the oil fields of Oklahoma as an employee of Mobil. She later moved to the bank Rainier, which was involved in lending to oil industry professionals and needed engineers with expertise in the field. Sally worked in the banking industry for 20 years, initially at Rainier before it was acquired by Security Pacific. She then worked at WestOne Bank from 1992 to 1995 and at Washington Mutual from 1995 to 2000.

Sally Jewell

In 1996, Sally joined the board of directors of REI, a position that eventually led to her appointment as Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and CEO in 2005, replacing Dennis Madsen. In addition to REI, Jewell has served on the boards of Premera, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the University of Washington.

Sally Jewell

On February 6, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Sally Jewell to be the new Secretary of the Interior. Her nomination was approved by the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 21, with only three out of 22 committee members voting against her. Finally, on April 10, 2013, Jewell's nomination was confirmed by the Senate. She became the second woman to hold the position of Secretary of the Interior, following Gale Ann Norton's tenure from 2001 to 2006.

Sally Jewell is married to Warren, who also has an engineering background. The couple has two children and currently resides in Seattle. In her free time, Jewell enjoys engaging in extreme sports such as snowboarding and kayaking. She has also conquered the highest mountains of Antarctica, including the Vinson Massif.

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