Dr. Mathylde Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a multi-service agency in southern Brooklyn that offers services in housing, employment, legal assistance, financial literacy, mental health, veterans outreach, and youth leadership. She founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence: the Coney Island Coalition Against Violence (Co-Chair) and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative (Acting Chair ).
Dr. Frontus has been recognized for her service at Urban Neighborhood Services by the New York State Senate, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Coney Island Hospital, and Courier Life. She was one of ten national winners to receive the Characters Unite Award from the USA Network. She is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies. The first, Avant-Garde Consulting, offers capacity building services and technical support to nonprofit organizations and other neighborhood institutions. The second, Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources, offers mental health consultation.
As a doctoral candidate at CSSW, Dr. Frontus received the CSWE Minority Fellowship. Her dissertation was titled: “Clergy’s Perceptions of their Role in Mental Health Service Delivery: a Qualitative Examination.” Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from New York University; 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.