Portrait of Interim CEO, Sally Jewell, in Seattle, Washington. June, 2019.
Salley Jewell Portrait of Interim CEO, Sally Jewell, in Seattle, Washington. June, 2019. © Aaron Huey

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Sally Jewell

TNC Global Board Member and Former U.S. Secretary of Interior

Seattle, Washington


    Science-based, Collaborative Natural Resource Management


    May 2018 – October 2027

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    Email: media@tnc.org


Sally Jewell is a Global Board Member who previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy.

Previously, Jewell was U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management. Her work included championing the importance of science and sharing data to better understand the earth’s systems, encouraging investments for more sustainable use of water in the West, deepening relationships with indigenous communities and long-term conservation of the nation’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic treasures. She demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, with efforts to encourage tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands.

Jewell was previously President and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures. Earlier in her career, she served for 19 years in commercial banking across a wide range of industries and began her career as an engineer in the energy sector. She has been active in governance and board leadership for corporations and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington where she is currently a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.

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