Ashley doing yoga in Brazil

Ashley doing yoga in Brazil

Born and raised in Mendocino County, Ashley Schaeffer comes from a family of solar energy pioneers. Her father, John Schaeffer, founded Real Goods and the Solar Living Institute. Their family farm, Sunhawk Farms, is also located in Hopland, CA.

Ashley has worked at Rainforest Action Network as the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner for 4 years where she is a contributing writer to the Understory. A lifelong vegetarian and passionate animal rights activist, she is fiercely committed to halting industrial expansion of oil palm plantations to ensure that orangutans don’t become extinct. Before joining RAN in 2009, Ashley worked on social and environmental justice campaigns across the country with Amazon Watch, Green Corps, and finally Greenpeace for several years. Prior to her organizing career she worked for the World Learning Institute in Ecuador.

Now a mother and part time activist, Ashley enjoys blogging about issues related to health, spirituality, parenting, travel, and food.