Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, has more than a decade of experience pressuring and inspiring some of the world’s largest corporations to protect rainforests, human rights and the climate. A veteran environmental and social justice organizer, Lindsey has spent her career preventing commodity expansion into globally critical forest areas, and has played a central role in achieving some of the most significant corporate policy commitments to protect forests over the past decade.
In her previous role as the Director of RAN’s Forest Program, Lindsey led RAN’s Rainforest Agribusiness and Rainforest-Free Paper campaigns in their fight to stop palm oil and pulp and paper expansion into Southeast Asian rainforests. During Lindsey’s tenure, the Forest Program won groundbreaking protections for forests, the climate, and human rights in Indonesia from fashion to agribusiness to publishing sectors.
Recent articles in the NY Times and the UK Guardian have covered RAN's work to convince, Barclay's Bank, PNC Bank and other Wall Street financiers to stop funding mountaintop removal coal mining companies as part of our work to protect the climate.
Last September at the UN climate talks in NY, Cargill, after seven years of RAN campaigning, adopted its global zero deforestation policy designed to reduce its impact on rainforests and forest communities around the world that are threatened by expanding commodity production.