Lindsey Allen Executive Director

Biography

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... Read more

Kelsey Baker National Organizing Outreach Coordinator, Palm Oil Campaign

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Kelsey studied environmental science in school, but discovered her true passion in organizing, thanks to a college internship. She is responsible for engaging and mobilizing a team of local volunteers, and Palm Oil Activists across the country, to take action and generate pressure on America's largest snack food companies. Kelsey... Read more
Bill Barclay Senior Research and Policy Advisor

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William has 27 years of experience in the environmental NGO sector. He has conducted fieldwork in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe and has served as an NGO lobbyist at numerous multilateral environmental organizations. William holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Cornell, and the University of California Berkeley.... Read more
Ruth Breech Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner

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Ruth brings 13 years of on the ground work with environmental justice frontline communities. She specializes in providing air monitoring, organizing, organizational capacity building, fundraising and media trainings. Ruth has conducted trainings and supported campaigns with with leaders in 35 US States and 10 international locations including key relationships in... Read more

Ginger Cassady Campaign Director

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Ginger has 20 years of experience campaigning on national and international human rights and environmental issues, and is the Program Director for RAN’s Forests campaign. In her previous role as Director of RAN’s Change Chevron campaign, she worked with indigenous communities in the Amazon seeking to enforce one of the... Read more
j chavez Digital Campaign Specialist

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J is a certified NationBuilder expert with a strong grasp of CRM tools. He brings experience in the management of local elections to RAN, along with an ambitious desire to challenge corporate power. J works to customize RAN’s messaging and campaign actions to ensure they are sent to the appropriate... Read more
Ben Collins Senior Research and Policy Campaigner

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Prior to RAN, Ben worked in sustainable investment research, with experience at KLD Research & Analytics and EIRIS. He also did work on business and human rights research with Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch. As part of RAN's Climate and Energy Program, Ben coordinates research and engagement with banks... Read more
Jake Conroy Digital Design Coordinator

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Jake Conroy is a long-time activist, designer, and writer based in San Francisco, CA, USA. He has been involved in a wide range of grassroots activism since 1995. His dedication to change is almost matched for his desire to make it look good. Over the last 15 years, Jake has... Read more
Lafcadio Cortesi Asia Director

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Lafcadio has worked over the past 25 years in a variety of roles and institutions in North America and the Asia-Pacific region on market transformation campaigns and private sector sustainability, policy analysis, institutional strengthening and community and rights-based natural resource management. He founded Greenpeace’s Papua New Guinea office, worked three... Read more
Toben Dilworth Art Director

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Toben’s craft is visual communications, where he seeks to balance time in front of the screen with time spent drawing inspiration from natural landscapes and the laughter of children. As Art Director, he plays a vital role in shaping RAN’s visual identity and amplifying RAN’s campaigns by producing innovative, high-impact... Read more
Jason Disterhoft Climate and Energy Digital Campaigner

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Jason came to RAN from Amnesty International USA, where he worked on the right to health, the right to housing, and holding extractive companies accountable for human rights abuses. Jason is point person on RAN's digital campaigning on climate and energy.

“A big part of why I wanted to... Read more

Cj Herrera Director of Communications

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Christopher has worked in social change communications for more than 20 years. After graduating from UCLA he spent seven years at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, eventually serving as the Director of Public Education. At the ACLU, he worked on a wide variety of issues including immigrant... Read more
Jeri Howland Development Director

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Jeri Howland came to RAN after 30 years of fundraising leadership in the education sector. It took no time for her passion for RAN's mission to blossom as she is a consummate participant whenever possible in everything from actions to discussions on campaign and organizational strategy.

Jeri's love of... Read more
cyriac joseph Membership Coordinator

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Cyriac has more than 20 years of work experience in marketing and fundraising field. His role at RAN is building the organization’s membership base to reflect the inclusive nature of RAN's campaigns.

“I work at RAN because it works on the root causes of the crisis facing the planet... Read more
Alison Kirsch Climate and Energy Program Assistant

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Alison came to RAN after graduating from Brown University with academic and activist experience in climate and energy policy. She provides up-to-date research and administrative support for the Climate and Energy team's bold campaigns.

“I was reminded of how inspired I am by RAN's systemic approach to change when... Read more
Emma Rae Lierley Forests Communications Manager

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Emma Rae comes to RAN with over eight years of experience in nonprofit communications. A long-time freelance journalist and poet, Emma Rae’s writing has appeared in numerous publications. She has also worked with youth in environmental justice organizations, in sustainable agriculture as an apprentice farmer, and as a trail crew... Read more
Chelsea Matthews Forest Campaigner

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Chelsea has worked in corporate campaigning for five years and specializes in project management and coordination. Chelsea's work at RAN is to expose the culprits destroying the endangered Leuser Ecosystem and to amplify the public profile of this critical biodiversity hotspot. Since joining RAN in 2011, Chelsea has also played... Read more
Katrina Mendoza Digital Content Editor and Strategist

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Katrina comes to RAN with work experience in event directing, content production, content marketing, communication consulting and video editing for communities and nonprofits. After experiencing the Los Angeles entertainment industry and before moving into the San Francisco tech industry, Katrina lived in an eco-village of solopreneurs in San Diego where... Read more
Virali Modi-Parekh Climate and Energy Communications Manager

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Before RAN, Virali led communications for a global health nonprofit focused on women and girls, where she got to see first hand how climate, colonialism, and gender intersect. In her varied work history, she’s led backpacking trips for urban youth, toured garbage and recycling facilities around the US, and consulted... Read more
Peter Molof Climate and Energy Organizer

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Peter began fundraising work seven years ago in Portland Oregon. His work experience includes community organizing on issues impacting transgender people of color and two spirit people, as well as policy and advocacy to remove discrimination in health care, student organizing, immigrant rights and work in three statewide campaigns to... Read more
Brihannala Morgan Senior Forest Campaigner

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Brihannala comes to RAN with over a decade of experience working to support the rights of grassroots communities in Indonesia and Malaysia. At RAN, Brihannala works to support communities impacted by pulp and paper production, translating their experiences into hard hitting campaigns on US brands. She currently works to target... Read more
Noel Natividad Chief Operating Officer

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Noel has over 25 years of business experience with the last 15 spent in a senior leadership roles within the nonprofit sector. His experiences span across various Silicon Valley companies, George Lucas’ video gaming company (LucasArts), the San Francisco Film Society and EdTec, a private consulting firm that worked with... Read more
Ethan Nuss Palm Oil Campaign Organizer

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Ethan brings over a decade of experience in climate and environmental justice organizing. He helped build the youth climate movement as the Field Director of Energy Action Coalition, worked in Texas with the Tar Sands Blockade direct action campaign, and with frontline communities on Houston's East End with TEJAS (Texas... Read more
Scott Parkin Senior Campaigner, Climate & Energy Program

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Scott Parkin is a trainer, coordinator and organizer in social justice and environmental movements. He has worked with anti-corporate global justice, anti-war, labor, environmental and climate movements in North America, Europe and Australia.

Originally from the suburbs of Dallas, TX, Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Appalachian... Read more
Sophie Roudané Senior Development Coordinator

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Sophie started at RAN in 2013 when she moved to the Bay Area from Colorado, where she was a Program Manager for a climate change education initiative through the University of Colorado. She was also was an intern with the Alliance for Climate Education and a volunteer with the documentary... Read more
Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz

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Ashley has over a decade of experience working on corporate campaigns. Before joining RAN in 2009, Ashley worked with Amazon Watch on the Clean Up Ecuador Campaign targeting Chevron and as an activist trainer with Greenpeace worked on campaigns targeting the likes of Kimberly Clark and Trader Joe's. As the... Read more
Brad Schenck Digital Engagement Director

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Before joining the RAN team Brad worked in the for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns pushing on the forefront of the use of digital technology and community organizing. There he helped develop a 50 state digital network producing content and driving local action in every state. After the 2012... Read more

Jess Serrante Rainforest Agribusiness National Organizer

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Jess worked as a student organizer in college supporting corporate campaigns-- her first campaign victory was winning a sustainable paper policy at the University of Vermont (UVM), her alma mater. She was also an organizer on the winning Greenpeace campaign to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and worked... Read more

Andrea Skinner Executive Programs Manager

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Andrea came to RAN after working in Thailand for two years working on a special project in partnership with the UNHCR and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation to survey ethnic Karen refugees from Burma living in Thailand to determine if they desire to return to their country and what development... Read more

Gabe Smalley Digital Campaign Strategist

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Gabriel started organizing in 1999, going door-to-door to protect lakes and rivers in his home state of Michigan and hasn't stopped since. Over the years he's been proud to work and volunteer for a variety of progressive groups and campaigns such as MoveOn.org, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Clean... Read more