On April 10, 2013, the CEO of outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Sally Jewell, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Interior by a resounding vote of 87 – 11. Long a champion of the outdoors and community outreach, Ms. Jewell was a keynote speaker at the 2008 American Camp Association National Conference.
Ms. Jewell will oversee more than 500 million acres of national parks and other public lands, plus more than 1 billion acres offshore. She was a banker before taking over Kent, Washington-based REI in 2005. She also served on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association, an advocacy group that works to protect and enhance national parks.
At ACA’s conference in 2008, Ms. Jewell shared that developing winning teams is no accident. She provided attendees with strategies to create staff teams that are mission-driven.
The American Camp Association congratulates Ms. Jewell on her confirmation and looks forward to working with her in the future.