For more than 25 years, Matthew Frankel has worked as a communications and engagement strategist, providing expert and tested solutions to senior executives and elected officials in some of the most highly-visible corporate, political and legislative environments in the country.
His professional experience has focused on crisis and reputation management, brand building, project managing the launches of strategic initiatives, building campaigns that engage diverse audiences, and negotiating strategic partnerships.
Whether walking down Broad Street in Newark, the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, or the halls of Congress, Matthew brings equal passion and expertise to each of his employers and clients.
Before launching MDF Strategies, as head of corporate communications for AMC Networks, Matthew promoted each of the company’s multi-platform entertainment brands and served on the senior team that launched groundbreaking content such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Matthew also served as Senior Vice President for Communications for AOL, where he reported directly to Chairman Randy Falco and as Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for The Weinstein Company.
In each of these roles, Matthew worked side-by-side with investor relations, general counsel, and public policy teams, supervising communications and strategy between each operating division. As a senior c-suite executive, he directed teams that addressed management shifts and industry relations, developed customized plans to address internal and external goals, and enhanced brand reputation through data-led campaigns.
Prior to joining the corporate world, Matthew established his skill set as a Press Aide on Capitol Hill. He worked in this capacity for House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Congresswoman Debbie Stabenow, the Democratic Leadership Council, and various political campaigns throughout the country.
A dedicated member within the New Jersey community, Matthew has served on the Boards of several organizations including the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey (ADL), was a founding Board Member of the Montclair Film Festival, Chair of Bloomfield College’s Strategic Planning Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Newark’s People’s Prep Charter School and as President of the Board of Trustees for the Montclair Local Newspaper. He also helped launch the United Way of Northern Essex County’s Family Success Center, where he served as a volunteer career and professional development coach, where he has advised over 400 New Jersey professionals.
Throughout the academic year, he also facilitates Bloomfield College’s Emerging and Advanced Leadership Series, which brings leaders and executives from politics, finance, media, non-profits, and other industries to campus to assist students in understanding the requirements of the workplace and developing strategies to create a strong career track for their future.
He passionately supports various political causes, the revitalization of the City of Newark, strong and fair education policy, and the Boston Red Sox.
Matthew and his wife Laura are the parents of two beautiful children, two rescued dogs, who all spend their time in Montclair, New Jersey, and Monterey, Massachusetts.