For more than 20 years, Matthew Frankel has worked as a media, government affairs, and crisis management strategist.
Before launching MDF Strategies, Matthew directed the communications strategy for some of the most high-profile entertainment and technology companies in the country.
As head of corporate communications for AMC Networks, he led the promotion of the company’s entertainment brands and served on the senior team that launched groundbreaking programs such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and films such as Fahrenheit 911 and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In addition, he led the communications for strategic business initiatives, such as the launch and rebrand of various televisions networks, the transformation of New York City’s historic Waverly Theater into the IFC Center, and the development of the first of its kind "day and date" content distribution platform.
Matthew has also served as Senior Vice President for Communications for AOL and Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Weinstein Company.
Prior, Matthew served on Capitol Hill, working as Press Aide for House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Congresswoman Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic Leadership Council, and a variety of political campaigns.
After the adoption of his children, Matthew transitioned to service-oriented work within his home state of New Jersey. In addition to his work at MDF Strategies, he helped launch New Jersey's Parent Coalition for Excellent Education; lead communications for New Jersey school districts, such as the City of Newark and the Township of Montclair; provided broad strategic planning for a variety of New Jersey’s public charter schools; and developed Montclair State University’s collaborative news ecosystem NJ News Commons and the School of Communication's Center for Cooperative Media.
He serves on the boards of a variety of community-based organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League - New Jersey Region and LINK Community Charter School and is a founding Board Member of the Montclair Film Festival.
Matthew helped launch the United Way of Northern Essex County’s Family Success Center, where he continues to serve as a volunteer career and life coach and has advised over 400 New Jersey professionals. Throughout the academic year, he also facilitates Bloomfield College’s Emerging and Advanced Leadership Series, bringing leaders and executives in areas such as politics, finance, media, non-profits, and other industries to the Bloomfield College campus to assist students in gaining a direct understanding of the requirements of the workplace, while developing needed strategies that will create a strong career track for their future.
He passionately supports various political causes, the revitalization of the City of Newark, strong education policy, and the Boston Red Sox.
Matthew and his wife Laura are the parents of two beautiful children, two rescued dogs, and spend their time in Montclair, New Jersey and Monterey, Massachusetts.