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Sally Jewell
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51st United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
April 12, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Deputy Michael L. Connor
Preceded by Ken Salazar
Succeeded by Ryan Zinke
Personal details
Born
Sarah Margaret Roffey

February 21, 1956 (1956-02-21) (age 63)
London, England, UK
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Warren Jewell
Children 2
Education University of Washington (BS)

Sarah Margaret "Sally" Roffey Jewell (born February 21, 1956) is a British-American businessperson who served as the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017.

Jewell was born in London and moved to the United States at age three. She grew up in the State of Washington and attended the University of Washington. After college, Jewell briefly worked as an oil engineer before transitioning to the banking industry. A position on the board of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a Seattle-based retailer of outdoor gear, in 1996 eventually led to her becoming the company's chief operating officer (2000–2005) and then chief executive officer (2005–2013).

Jewell is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast and while at REI became known for her involvement in conservation and environmental protection. These efforts brought her to the attention of the Obama administration, and she was nominated as Secretary of the Interior to succeed Ken Salazar in 2013. Her nomination received substantial bipartisan support and she was handily confirmed by the Senate in April 2013. Jewell is the second woman to hold the position of Secretary of the Interior, after Gale Norton.

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