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Lindsey Allen

Executive Director
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

Bill Barclay

Senior Research and Policy Advisor
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
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

Margot Brennan

Digital Production Manager - Web Developer
Margot has been helping grassroots campaigns and non-profits kick-ass online for over a decade, with a focus on tools that help elevate and promote local actions onto the national and international stage. She loves bug fixing and problem solving and helping campaigns achieve their goals. Born in Canada to American... Read more

Roberta Capobianco

Executive Assistant
Roberta comes to RAN with a diverse resume, including experience in fundraising, program management, event planning, dance education, and film production. She spent four years working for Rockefeller Family foundations in New York, supporting international cultural and environmental exchange, before migrating west. As Executive Assistant at RAN, Roberta works to... Read more

Ginger Cassady

Campaign Director
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
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

Jake Conroy

Digital Design Coordinator
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
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
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

Senior Campaigner, Finance Campaign
Jason is point person on RAN's fossil fuel finance work, pressuring private banks to stop funding coal and extreme oil and gas. He was formerly digital campaigner for the climate and energy team. Jason came to RAN from Amnesty International USA, where he worked on the rights to health, water... Read more

Ayse Gürsöz

Communications Manager, Climate and Energy
Ayşe Gürsöz comes to RAN with diverse experience in social impact communications and a deep commitment to social and environmental justice. She's worked with organizations ranging from Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Public Advocates and Breathe California. Ayse is especially passionate to incorporate new media to share... Read more

Christopher Herrera

Director of Communications
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

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 nature... Read more

Alison Kirsch

Climate and Energy Program and Research Coordinator
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 we... Read more

Emma Lierley

Forests Communications Manager
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

Grant Marr

Climate and Energy Research Associate
After studying Environmental Studies / Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Grant did research and communications work as a part of various environmental, renewable energy, and nonprofit organizations before joining RAN. He enjoys volunteering with activism groups such as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Read more

Chelsea Matthews

Forest Campaigner
Chelsea has worked on corporate campaigns for over seven years and specializes in project management and coordination. At RAN, Chelsea works to protect Indonesia's rainforests from destruction for palm oil. She was inspired to join RAN in 2011 after working on a food sovereignty and Indigenous rights campaign in Ecuador... Read more

Patrick McCully

Climate and Energy Director
Paddy joined RAN in 2017 after six years as Executive Director of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit that built solar projects for Native American tribes, non-profits and schools in Nevada. Before that he spent 17 years fighting destructive dams and promoting human rights and sustainable water and energy practices around... Read more

Leonor Melara

Finance & Administrative Associate
Leonor is a social justice activist with a strong background in not-for-profit accounting and financial analysis. A desire to contribute a financial management skill set to social justice organizing and movement building led her to pursue a Master of Science in Accountancy and a BS in Business Administration with an... Read more

Brihannala Morgan

Senior Forest Campaigner
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

Ethan Nuss

Senior Organizer, Rainforest Free Pulp & Paper Campaign
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

Organizing Director
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. Currently, Scott is Rainforest Action Network's Organizing Director. Before his current position, Scott spent 12 years as... Read more

Pallavi Phartiyal

Deputy Executive Director
Pallavi Phartiyal serves as the Deputy Executive Director at Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve forests, protect the climate and uphold human rights. RAN achieves its mission by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic corporate campaigns including research and public... Read more

Malachi Robinson

National Organizer for the Conflict Palm Oil Campaign
Malachi was born in Florida, raised in New Jersey and tells people they're from Brooklyn. They attended CUNY Medgar Evers in Brooklyn, New York and studied Journalism there, which comes in handy because the justice organizations they've worked for actually break the big stories and are true watchdogs of democracy.... Read more

Emily Selzer

Major Donor and Events Manager
Emily comes to RAN with over 7 years of fundraising experience in the Arts and Education sectors. With a wide range of skills in individual fundraising, special events and community partnerships, Emily brings a unique perspective on fundraising to the Development team. An an avid hiker, gardener and all around... Read more

Gabe Smalley

Senior Digital Campaign Strategist
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, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Clean... Read more

Tracy Solum

Community Action Grants Program Officer
Tracy has over 10 years experience managing small grant programs that strengthen the capacity of Indigenous and frontline communities and help to support grassroots leadership. Tracy coordinates with the RAN campaign teams and a network of advisors to help provide rapid funding for people fighting in their own communities across... Read more

Mac Sutherlin

Senior Communications Strategist
Laurel is a naturalist and environmental educator with an endless love for birds, forests and wild places. He is also a lifelong environmental and human rights activist with decades of experience using bold and creative tactics to nonviolently stand up to some of the most powerful forces on the planet... Read more

Maryann Tekverk

Grants Coordinator
Maryann brings two years of teaching experience, as well as environmental campaign directing experience, with a diverse research and grant writing background. She also has a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Maryann manages RAN's portfolio of 40+ foundation grants, generating... Read more