President Barack Obama is going to nominate Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI for Interior Secretary according to the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin.
The Seattle-based executive, trained as an engineer, has worked in the oil and gas industry and as a banker, giving her business credibility superior to Interior secretaries as long as I can remember. She has deftly led REI, a company that has revenue of $1.8 billion-a-year and has been an outspoken leader in the outdoor industry in environmental efforts.
I met her at the ceremony in 2011 for removing of the Elwha Dams near Port Angeles Washington, where she mixed comfortably with the environmentalists, Indians, and officials celebrating a seminal event in river restoration.
She is a westerner. She is an environmentalist. She is a business leader.