About the Community Development Guru

Leon Nathaniel Rock (Rock) is a Community Development Guru (Subject Matter Expert)  who works with citizens, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, city, county, state along with Federal agencies to help rebuild urban neighborhoods and communities while preserving affordable housing and developing economic development programs. 

Areas of Expertise:  Gentrification Subject Matter Expert.

Expert in fair housing, community economic development, digital divide special projects, grant writing, affordable housing, community development, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizational development, community capacity building, community-based economic development, Project Management, and organizational development in urban settings.

Extensive Experience: For over three decades Rock has developed sustainable community capacity building plans and implementation efforts throughout the United States.  He is a subject matter expert on community development and inequity in urban communities. He has worked as a project expeditor for the Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) in 30 of the fastest-shrinking U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Buffalo, New Orleans. Kansas City, Missouri, East St. Louis, and Chicago. He advocates locating low-income families in transit-accessible neighborhoods where schools, jobs, health care, and other cultural resources are all within reach, making it easier for those low-income families to be productive citizens.