Dr. Mathylde Frontus recently served as a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 46th District of southern Brooklyn from November 2018 to December 2022. She served on six committees including Aging, Children and Families, Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, Mental Health, Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development and Transportation. She also served as the first chair of the newly created Minority Mental Health Subcommittee in the New York State Assembly.
Before taking office Dr. Mathylde Frontus served in several social work-related capacities. From 2004-2016 she served as the founder and executive director of a multi-service nonprofit organization in Brooklyn that offers services in housing, employment, legal assistance, financial literacy, mental health, veterans outreach, and youth leadership. She also founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence, as well as two social enterprises offering organizational management and behavioral health consulting.
Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from the New York University Silver School of Social Work; her MA from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University; her MTS from Harvard Divinity School; and her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work, with a concentration in Social Policy and Administration.
Dr. Frontus is proud to hold appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work in addition to the NYU Silver School of Social Work. At Columbia University she has taught Advocacy in Social Work Practice, Stigma and Mental Health and Social Welfare Policy. At NYU Silver she has developed and taught two courses, Advocacy and Social Justice and Political Social Work for Advocacy and Social Change.