Sarah Margaret Roffey Jewell is an American businesswoman and the 51st United States, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama.
Sally Margaret Roffey was born in London, England, United Kingdom as the daughter of Anne and Peter Roffey. She moved to the United States at age 3 in 1959, when her father, an anesthesiologist, took up a fellowship at the University of Washington.
The former president and Chief Executive Officer of Retail, a Seattle-based retailer of outdoor gear, she studied as an engineer, and previously worked in the oil and banking industries. She graduated in 1973 from Renton High School and, in 1978, was awarded a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
She is the second woman to hold the position, after Gale Norton (under the administration of George West Bush). Jewell worked for Mobil oil company on oil fields in Oklahoma from 1978 through 1981, when she joined Rainier Bank. She worked in banking for twenty years, staying with Security Pacific, which acquired Rainier Bank, until 1992, and working for WestOne Bank from 1992 through 1995, and for Washington Mutual from 1995 through 2000.
In 1996, she joined the board of Retail and in 2000 was named chief operating officer
In 2005, she succeeded Dennis Madsen as chief executive officer (Chief Executive Officer). Jewell has sat on the boards of Premera, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the University of Washington Board of Regents.
She helped found the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The Rachel Carson Award honors visionary women whose expertise and dedication advance conservation locally and nationally.
Jewell was named the Puget Sound Business Journal Chief Executive Officer of the Year in 2006.
On February 6, 2013, Jewell was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as United States Her nomination was approved by the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 21, with only three of the committee"s 22 members opposed. On April 10, 2013, the Senate confirmed Jewell to be in an 87–11 vote. Because she acquired her United States. citizenship by naturalization rather than being a natural-born citizen, Jewell is not eligible to hold a place within the presidential line of succession.