CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce that Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be a 2017 Fellow. Creating a future that is economically successful and environmentally sustainable will be the focus of Jewell's discussions with students during the fall 2017 academic semester.
"Sec. Jewell's experience across business, non-profit and public service sectors will provide students with invaluable insight into this highly topical issue of global and national concern," said IOP Acting Director Bill Delahunt.
During her tenure as Interior Secretary (2013-2017), Jewell was recognized for taking the long-view, using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management and to rebuilding a trusting, nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous communities in the U.S.
"Harvard and the Institute of Politics have an effective history of facilitating the exchange of wisdom and ideas with the next generation of leaders interested in public service," said Jewell. "This fellowship affords me the opportunity to not only provide information and motivation, but to take what I learn from students and share it in other formal and informal settings."
The Fellows program is central to the IOP's dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities. Over the course of an academic semester, Fellows interact with students, develop and lead study groups and participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community
Throughout her career, Jewell has been committed to connecting people to nature, particularly youth. At Interior, she and her team championed efforts to create a continuum of engagement that encouraged tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands.
"The amount of value I received from my mentors over the years has made an enormous difference in my life," said Jewell. "I am very, very interested in making a difference in the lives of young people and becoming a mentor as I have been mentored."
Prior to serving on President Obama's cabinet, Jewell was President and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures. Prior to REI, she served 19 years in commercial banking across a wide-range of industries, and began her career as an engineer in the energy industry. She has been active in many non-profit organizations throughout her life, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington, where she is currently a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.
Read Secretary Jewell's full biography at http://bit.ly/2017FallFellows.
The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP's mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics and public service. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at http://www.iop.harvard.edu.
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