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CNT CEO Kathy Tholin to leave after decades of service

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Active Transportation Alliance wishes Kathy Tholin, the longtime CEO of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, all the best as she prepares to leave CNT this summer to begin the next chapter of her life. 

Appointed CEO of CNT in 2005, Tholin has spent the last 11 years directing and overseeing CNT’s research, demonstration and policy development.

But she has been a fixture at CNT in multiple roles since the nonprofit was founded in 1978 to promote livable and sustainable communities. 

During her long tenure at CNT, Tholin has worked on innovative solutions that have earned CNT a reputation as an economic innovator and leader in the field of creative sustainable development.

Her achievements include developing and managing energy-efficiency and demand-reduction programs in metropolitan Chicago, a natural gas price protection program for residential consumers, and the Energy-Smart Pricing Plan, the first program in the nation to allow residential customers to pay hourly, market-based electricity prices.

She also led the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative, a consumer-centered approach to updating the state’s electrical system with digital technology.