Steve Thompson has been named the new Executive Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
Thompson replaces Kathleen Hadley, who has served as the organization’s leader since 1997 and on staff for over 30 years. Ms. Hadley, who is retiring, will remain in an advisory role for the organization for the near future.
“While it is difficult to imagine an NCAT without Kathy Hadley, we are pleased to welcome a person of such talent and passion as our new leader,” said Gene Brady, Chairman of the NCAT Board of Directors. “Steve brings a new perspective to our core work of creating local solutions to the energy and agricultural challenges facing our nation.”
Thompson has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource conservation, community-based climate change mitigation, journalism, and project management. A resident of Montana since 1991, he served as executive director of the Montana-based Cinnabar Foundation and was a senior program manager at the National Parks Conservation Association.
“My enthusiasm for NCAT stems from a desire to help build resilient communities in a turbulent world,” Thompson said. “NCAT’s emphasis on sustainable systems and local self-reliance provides a hopeful path forward for the communities we serve. We will continue to collaborate with hundreds of community groups and businesses, national non-profits, and government agencies around the nation. I am very pleased to be a part of this outstanding effort.”
Now in its 42nd year, NCAT provides science-based technical assistance and training about sustainable agriculture, local food and energy solutions to roughly one million people annually across all 50 states. In addition to the national headquarters in Butte, which employs 60 people across Montana, the organization has regional offices in Arkansas, Texas, New Hampshire, Mississippi, and California, employing an additional 25 people.
NCAT’s headquarters office has been located in Butte’s historic Silver Bow County Poor Farm Hospital building since 1976. The Butte office houses agricultural and energy experts, the Energy Corps and Montana FoodCorps programs, and administrative services for NCAT’s national network. NCAT has been an active member of the Butte community for many years, making its Resource Center available to the public and offering demonstrations of small-scale agriculture production, renewable energy and sustainable building technologies.
“We will be honoring Kathy and her decades of commitment to NCAT and our mission of service by naming our headquarters building the Kathy Hadley Center for Appropriate Technology,” Brady said. “Details on a dedication ceremony will be forthcoming.”
Join us in welcoming Steve to the NCAT family.