Renton High grad Sally Jewell nominated as Secretary of the Interior

Sally Jewell, a 1973 graduate of Renton High School, has been nominated as the next Secretary of the Interior by President Obama.

Sally Jewell, a 1973 graduate of Renton High School, has been nominated as the next Secretary of the Interior by President Obama.

Jewell grew up in the Renton School District, attending Bryn Mawr Elementary, Dimmitt Middle School and graduating from Renton High School in 1973.

A graduate of the University of Washington, she was named CEO of the  Kent-based REI in 2005. She is a UW Regent and banker and involved in environmental causes in Washington state.

If confirmed by the Senate, Jewell would replace Secretary Ken Salazar, who is returning to Colorado.

Jewell addressed the Friends of Renton Schools second fundraising breakfast in May 2011.

In a press release U.S. Sen Patty Murray called Jewell an “accomplished leader.”

“I have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Sally Jewell, who has proven to be an effective CEO in the business community, and will bring that skill set to the Cabinet,” Murray said.  “She understands the tremendous asset that our public lands are, particularly to the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation based economy.”