Sarah Margaret Roffey Jewell (born February 21, 1956) is an American businesswoman and the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She is the second woman to hold the position, after Gale Norton. The former president and CEO of REI, a Seattle-based retailer of outdoor gear, she studied as an engineer, and previously worked in the oil and banking industries.
Early life and education
Jewell was born in London, England, UK as Sally Margaret Roffey, the daughter of Anne (née Murphy) and Peter Roffey. She moved to the United States at age 4, when her father, an anaesthetist, took up a fellowship at the University of Washington. She graduated in 1973 from Renton High School and, in 1978, was awarded a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
Jewell worked for Mobil oil company on oil fields in Oklahoma from 1978 through 1981, when she joined Rainier Bank. She worked in banking for twenty years, staying with Security Pacific, which acquired Rainier Bank, until 1992, and working for WestOne Bank from 1992 through 1995, and for Washington Mutual from 1995 through 2000. In 1996, she joined the board of REI and in 2000 was named chief operating officer. In 2005, she succeeded Dennis Madsen as chief executive officer (CEO).
In 2009, Jewell received the National Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award for her leadership in and dedication to conservation. The Rachel Carson Award honors visionary women whose expertise and dedication advance conservation locally and nationally.
Secretary of the Interior
On February 6, 2013 she was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as United States 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 of the committee's 22 members opposed.
On April 10, 2013, the Senate confirmed Jewell to be Secretary of the Interior in an 87–11 vote. Because she acquired her U.S. citizenship by naturalization rather than being a natural-born citizen, Jewell is not eligible to hold a place within the presidential line of succession.
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- Kamen, Al. "Sally Jewell can’t be president". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
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- About Secretary Sally Jewell at the United States Department of the Interior
- Profile at Seattle Business
- Board of Regents profile at the University of Washington
- President's Message at REI
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Jewell Nomination: Hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, to Consider the Nomination of Sally Jewell to be the Secretary of the Interior, March 7, 2013
- Who Is Sally Jewell, Obama's Choice for Interior Secretary?, Catherine Hollander, National Journal, February 6, 2013
|United States Secretary of the Interior
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Attorney General
|Order of Precedence of the United States
Secretary of the Interior
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as Secretary of Agriculture
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