Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, has returned to UW — her alma mater — as a distinguished fellow at the College of the Environment.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, has returned to UW — her alma mater — as a distinguished fellow at the College of the Environment.

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, has returned to her alma mater to work as a distinguished fellow with the College of the Environment and to serve in a volunteer capacity as chair of the advisory council for EarthLab, a new university-wide institute that connects scholars with community partners to solve our most difficult environmental problems.

As a fellow with the College of the Environment, she will guest lecture with various units across campus, mentor students and collaborate with faculty and staff. In her capacity as chair of EarthLab’s advisory council, she will develop a team of advisors composed entirely of people outside the university with varied backgrounds and expertise that will provide strategic guidance, support and direction.

“By coming to the university, I’m trying to help students understand how you can create a future that’s both economically successful and environmentally sustainable — one that you are proud to leave to future generations,” said Jewell, who received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the UW and served on the Board of Regents for 12 years. “EarthLab is addressing that by working outside the university to identify and raise support for solving big challenges, especially those in the environment, then bringing together multidisciplinary teams from across the university to help.”

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