MaryLee Montalvo brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as founder and president of MLM Public Relations, Inc.
Prior to the formation of MLM Public Relations, Inc. MaryLee Montalvo served as the National Public Relations Director for the American Parkinson Disease Association; Director of the American Red Cross, Staten Island; and Public Relations Director for both the Staten Island Mental Health Society and Historic Richmond Town. She co-authored the column "Read All About It" for the Staten Island Advance.
MaryLee has worked in the nonprofit, corporate and governmental sectors, and is a small business owner. Her experience with internal and external communication is applicable to most businesses.
She is involved in the heart of Staten Island community life, as evidenced in the positions she has held: founding co-chair of the local advisory board for First Book Staten Island, an organization that distributed over 20,000 books to children in low-income homes; Rotary Club of Staten Island past president and a current member of its Board of Directors; Staten Island Rotary Foundation member and secretary of the Board of Trustees; past president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Staten Island Children’s Museum; judge for the Annual Excellence in Education Award; founding member of the board of the Latino Civic Association, and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in Journalism, from Rutgers University. She completed a fellowship from the Hispanic Women Leadership Institute, Rutgers University; a Certificate in Public Relations Management from the School of Continuing Education, New York University; and was awarded a Mini MBA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Rutgers School of Business.
From Our Clients
"The advice MLM Public Relations provided in dealing with the media's concerns and interests, their deadlines, and appropriate responses was always accurate, guaranteeing that the Zoo would enjoy the best possible attention. I was particularly impressed with MLM's intuitive handling of public relations matters, and was confident in their experience."
—Kenneth C. Mitchell, Executive Director,
Staten Island Zoological Society
"Working with MLM Public Relations is like having friends who understand and meet your needs. As a new not-for-profit arts organization, we are thrilled to have found MaryLee. Her expertise with our market, her ability to innovate, and her persistent efforts helped put us on the map in just one year. As we build our place in the Staten Island cultural community, we feel fortunate to have her at our side."
—Beth Gittleman, Founding Associate Producer
The Harbor Lights Theater Company
"Having eyes and ears in a local marketplace is critical to the success of any business. It was critical, given the unique nature of Staten Island as a borough, to have a qualified Public Relations partner on the Island to be our eyes and ears. Our partnership with MLM would extend far beyond the traditional Public Relations practice.
Over the past 10 years MLM Public Relations has proven to be a true partner, not only on issues of Public Relations but also on being up-to-date on market activities, forging critical strategic partnerships in the area of marketing and beyond. They have been a key component in our marketing arsenal in the Staten Island marketplace."
—Ken Feldman, VP Marketing
"I have had a close working relationship with MLM Public Relations. Our church and school suffered intense scrutiny as a result of several high profile lawsuits. MLM handled print media, radio, and television attacks simultaneously while maintaining a high level of professionalism. They spent countless hours working on strategies that would minimize damage to our reputation, while rebuilding our name in the community. Most important was the personal care and concern MLM showed our organization.”
—Anthony Ventrone, Past President
St. John’s Lutheran Church and School
"With MLM Public Relations, I got exactly what I needed. I am a small business owner offering a unique service. It was difficult for my company to reach a larger audience. MLM found the right platform to illustrate what my company offers the Staten Island community, giving it the exposure it needed. I was also able to connect with like-minded companies to create lasting relationships.
“Mary Lee and her team have a proven track record of success and nowhere is that more evident than in my personal and professional collaborations with her and her company. The saying 'set it and forget it' directly applies: she understands."
Ken Bach, Communications Director
College of Staten Island (CUNY)