2016 Great Immigrants Recipient

Sally Jewell
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
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“What I am most proud of and feel I really moved the meter on is resetting the federal government relationship with indigenous people of this country,” Sally Jewell told “The Seattle Times” as her term as U.S. secretary of the interior came to an end in 2017. She led the 70,000-employee strong agency - responsible for conserving and managing the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage - for more than three years under President Barack Obama. She previously led Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI), serving as its president and CEO. Under her leadership, the company doubled sales to nearly $2 billion and was consistently ranked one of “Fortune” magazine’s 100 best companies to work for. Before joining to REI, Jewell spent nearly 20 years working as a commercial banker and began her career as an engineer for the energy industry. Jewell has served on the boards of numerous corporate, nonprofit and civic organizations, such as Premera Blue Cross and the University of Washington. The Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics selected her as one of its fall fellows in 2017. Updated 2018