Lindsey Allen 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. Allen 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. A veteran environmental and social justice activist, Allen has expertise in organizing communities to engage in powerful mass mobilizations and direct actions.
In her previous role as the Director of RAN’s Forest Program, Allen 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. Notably, Allen led the Forest Program to secure an unprecedented commitment from the Walt Disney Company, changing everything about the way the company sources and use paper across its entire global supply chain. Most recently, the strategic pressure exerted by Allen and RAN’s Forest Program helped Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest and most destructive paper company, to commit to significant environmental and social reforms throughout its operations.
Before joining Rainforest Action Network in 2010, Lindsey worked as a senior forest campaigner at Greenpeace, targeting destructive cattle sector expansion into the Amazon rainforest and pulp and paper expansion in the Boreal forest of North America. While at Greenpeace, Lindsey negotiated leather sourcing policy commitments from Nike, Timberland, and other consumer-facing brands, and was a driving force in the successful campaign to move paper giant Kimberly Clark to end the clearcutting of virgin old growth forests for tissue and paper products.
Allen graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology.