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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Nomination of Sally Jewell, REI Chief, for U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Combination of business and conservation expertise make Jewell uniquely qualified for role

Arlington, Virginia | February 06, 2013

The Nature Conservancy released the following statement today from its President and CEO, Mark Tercek, regarding the nomination of Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI, for U.S. Secretary of the Interior:

“The Nature Conservancy is very pleased with President Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior. Her energy, integrity, experience, and dedication to conserving our nation’s lands and waters, and her commitment to providing opportunities for outdoor recreation will be invaluable assets to the Department of the Interior.

“Jewell has been active in many conservation initiatives that are important to the Conservancy, most notably her strong support of the President’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Program. Her success in managing a $2 billion outdoor recreation company will serve her well in bringing new insights and new ideas to leadership of the Department of the Interior.

“Jewell has earned national recognition as a perceptive and articulate voice for conservation and for the importance of conservation and outdoor recreation to creating jobs across America. Prior to joining REI, Jewell spent 19 years in commercial banking and began her professional career as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation. With her broad experience in the private sector, she understands firsthand the inextricable link between conservation and a healthy economy.

“The Nature Conservancy supports the confirmation of Sally Jewell and welcomes the opportunity to work with her to advance conservation priorities nationally.”


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Tracy Jones Connell
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