Dr. Mathylde Frontus received her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work in May 2015, where she concentrated in Social Policy and Administration. A recipient of the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program, her dissertation was entitled “Clergy’s Perceptions of their Role in Mental Health Service Delivery: A Qualitative Examination.” She previously earned a BSW and MSW from New York University, an MA from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School.

From 2004-2016, Dr. Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a small multi-service agency in Southern Brooklyn that offers services in the areas of housing, employment, legal assistance, financial literacy, mental health, veterans outreach, and youth leadership. During her tenure at UNS, she founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of violence in her community:  The Coney Island Coalition Against Violence (where she served as Co-chair from 2009-2011) and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative (where she served as Acting Chair from 2013-2015).

Dr. Frontus has been recognized for her leadership at her Urban Neighborhood Services by various entities such as the New York State Senate, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Coney Island Hospital and Courier Life. Most recently, she was one of 10 national winners in November 2014 to receive the Characters Unite Award from the USA Network, c/o NBC Universal.

Dr. Frontus is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies: Avant-Garde Consulting, which offers capacity building services and technical support to nonprofit organizations and other neighborhood institutions and Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources, which offers mental health consultation.