Greenway leader is choice for Cabinet
February 12, 2013
REI leader Sally Jewell, a leader in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, is President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. interior secretary.
Jewell is Kent-based REI’s president and CEO, in addition to serving as a board member for the nonprofit organization underpinning the greenway — a 100-mile greenbelt stretched along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington.
Obama announced Jewell’s appointment Feb. 6 at a White House ceremony. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she is poised to succeed outgoing Department of the Interior chief Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado.
Jewell started as CEO at REI in 2005 after earlier stints in the banking and energy industries. Throughout Jewell’s tenure, REI increased sales from $1 billion to almost $2 billion, and added 71 stores, including a store at the Issaquah Commons in 2007.