Tristan Toleno

Program

Management

Work

Vermont State Representative; Interim Director of Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies

Education

BA, Wesleyan University; AOS, New England Culinary Institute; MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College

Course(s)

Introduction to Systems Thinking

Biography

Tristan has worked in the food-service industry for almost 20 years. For 10 years he was the managing partner and chef of Riverview Cafe, where he employed and supervised more than 400 employees. Prior to that, he trained almost 100 cooks, as he worked his way up the professional ladder to chef. Tristan has also started two new catering companies, Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, and Entera Artisanal Catering. In January 2013, he began a term in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Brattleboro’s 3rd District where he uses his MBA training to advance sustainable social change throughout Vermont.

Tristan’s philosophical commitment to relationship-driven business and community systems is anchored by a willingness to serve. For many years he has been an active volunteer for many local and state organizations, including the Vermont Fresh Network, Landmark Trust, the Healthy Communities Coalition and the Brattleboro Area Chamber. Tristan’s Capstone project was on school food systems and a vision for change in local schools.

Tristan lives in Brattleboro with his wife, Susie, and their two son, Owen and Malcolm.

Email

tristant@gradschool.marlboro.edu

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)