Rainforest Action Network Announces Lindsey Allen as Acting Executive Director

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the Board of Directors at Rainforest Action Network has announced the appointment of Lindsey Allen, RAN's Forest Program Director, as Acting Executive Director for the organization.  

Allen has been the Forest Program Director at RAN since October 2010, leading the Program in securing the largest victory for rainforests in the organization's 27-year history—a paper policy transforming everything about the way entertainment giant, Disney, sources and uses paper. In just 2 ½ years, Allen also led RAN’s Forest Program in pushing the top nine publishing giants in the country to move to rainforest-safe paper, and in helping to move Asia Pulp and Paper, Indonesia’s largest and most destructive paper company, to pass its recent forest commitment.   

Prior to working at RAN, Allen was a senior forest campaigner at Greenpeace for four years where she was a driving force behind the successful Kimberly-Clark campaign.

Lindsey Allen will be the Acting Executive Director for the foreseeable future. Over the next many months, the board of Rainforest Action Network will be leading a process to fill the Executive Director position permanently.

The following is statement from Andre Carothers, Chairman of the Rainforest Action Network Board of Directors.

“Lindsey is a world-class campaigner with more than a decade of experience and an unmatched track record pressuring and inspiring some of the world’s largest corporations to protect rainforests. Rainforest Action Network's board, leadership team and staff stand behind Lindsey 100 percent as she takes on this crucial role. She is the natural choice, and the perfect choice.

“The loss of beloeved Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton has been heart wrenching for the RAN community and the environmental movement. However, with her loss has come an outpouring of support, renewed energy, and confirmation that RAN fills a crucial role as a preeminent environmental action organization. RAN begins 2013 with a clarity of vision and purpose that exceeds even the high standard that has prevailed here since 1985.

“There is no doubt in our minds that with Lindsey at the helm and RAN's all-star staff and network supporting her that the organization will continue to fulfill its mission, and meet and beat the challenges of our time. RAN will continue to focus on its core purpose of protecting endangered forests, moving the country off of fossil fuels and defending human rights by running effective, innovative and hard-hitting environmental corporate campaigns…and winning.”



Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org