Staff – Marlo Colletto

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Marlo Colletto

Marlo Colletto
Social Media and Marketing Manager
607.844.8222 Ext. 4315

Tell us about your role:
Bringing together the college, restaurant, and farm, I divide my time between Dryden and Ithaca, fostering collaboration between the College’s External Relations Office, Admissions, and the culinary center. Specifically, I oversee Coltivare’s website and social media, handling media and advertising inquiries, doing outreach, and coordinating recruitment activities for the four related academic programs.

How did you come to join the Coltivare team?
Serendipity! Joining the team here was the culmination of one big full circle for me. I’m a Tompkins Cortland grad and had continued on to earn my B.A. in English, eventually getting into higher education as an Admissions Counselor. I love to communicate, and discovered a passion for working with students and promoting something in which I really believe. This passion brought me back, several years after graduating, to Tompkins Cortland. But working in the Admissions Office of the college I found I got most animated talking with students about our four Farm to Bistro majors, or taking groups down to the restaurant. So when an opportunity to tie all these varied interest together in a new role presented itself, I was thrilled!

Why Coltivare?
Coltivare is the embodiment of some of my greatest values: sustainability, creativity, and accessible hands-on education. Growing up homeschooled in an off-the-grid solar home, working in the garden every summer with my dad—a professor of Environmental Studies—these values are really fundamental to who I am. And yes, I recognize the irony that after my upbringing, I now spend my days jumping from cell phone to computer, to camera, to classroom. Mostly I just marvel at finally having found a job comprising all of my interests.

Favorite feature of the Finger Lakes region?
The Finger Lakes Trail network, stretching from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Alleghany State Park, to the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Favorite kind of food?
Local! (or else anything grandma makes)