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A Conversation With Sally Jewell

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Mackenzie Room
Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
475 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305


From our colleagues at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment:


Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, joins Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment director Chris Field for a conversation on Jan. 30, 2019

Sally Jewell served as 51st Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2013-2017 under President Barack Obama.  As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell led an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Prior to her confirmation, Jewell served in the private sector, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI). Jewell joined REI as Chief Operating Officer in 2000 and was named CEO in 2005. During her tenure, REI nearly tripled in business to $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine.

Before joining REI, Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an energy and natural resources expert and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive our nation’s economy.  Trained as a petroleum engineer, Jewell started her career with Mobil Oil Corp. in the oil and gas fields of Oklahoma and the exploration and production office in Denver, Colorado where she was exposed to the remarkable diversity of our nation’s oil and gas resources.

An avid outdoorswoman, Jewell finds time to explore her backyard in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking and other activities. She has scaled Mount Rainier on seven occasions and recently, climbed Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica.

Jewell has worked to ensure that public lands are accessible and relevant to all people from all backgrounds, and to build a connection between the great outdoors and a new generation of Americans. Jewell is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in mechanical engineering.


Our Conversations With....series provides a forum for wide-ranging, informal discussions exploring the who, how and why of major developments in environmental science and policy. Much of the time is reserved for interactions with the audience.

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