On Wednesday, President Obama nominated the CEO of REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) Sally Jewell as the country’s next Secretary of the Interior, citing both her business savvy and commitment to environmental protection.
"She knows the link between conservation and good jobs," Obama said at a White House event. "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 and hand."
Jewell has not only headed a company with $2 billion in annual sales, but also cultivated a love for the outdoors. She often hikes Mailbox Peak in her native Washington state and once spent a month mountain climbing in Antarctica.
In addition, she has won environmental awards such as the 2009 Rachel Carson Award for women in conservation.
If confirmed by the Senate, Jewell will replace current Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
In her new role, Jewell would oversee agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Geological Survey and the National Park Service.