President Barack Obama has nominated Sally Jewell, the head of Kent, Wash.-based retail chain Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department.
“I have a great job at REI but no role that compared to the call to serve my country as Secretary of the Department of the Interior,” Jewell said at the White House. “I’m energized and I’m humbled by this opportunity.”
Obama presented the 56-year-old West Seattle resident to reporters as both an outsider and an expert on running the agency that manages a fifth of the land in America.
Even as Sally has spent the majority of her career outside of Washington — where, I might add, the majority of our interior is located — she is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future. She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country. She knows the link between conservation and good jobs. She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand. She has shown that a company with more than $1 billion in sales can do the right thing for our planet.
It might seem a stretch to call a retail CEO a climate expert. … This story continues at kuow.org, where it originally appeared.
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