Sally Jewell

U.S. Secretary of the Interior

The best electron is the one you don’t use to begin with, the best drop of water is the one that you don’t waste, and the best drop of gasoline is the one that you don’t burn to begin with. So conservation is really critical.

Sally Jewell sees her job as protecting the history and culture of places that are too special to develop. As the United States Secretary of the Interior, Jewell serves as the steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands. Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and CEO of REI, and before that as a commercial banker specializing in energy and natural resources. This experience has led to her distinct take on her current role.

Jewell helped found the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. She earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

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