Community and Economic Development Consultant

Community Development Guru is committed to positive community economic, social and political change.  We work with client groups and agencies to find the best solution for making your community development ideas successful. With over 30 years of community development consulting and project management experience he works to ensure that his agreed upon approach considers all angles. Basically, whenever you have an community development idea, or project he works with you to produce a strategy to make that idea work. 


  1. Proposal research and development 
  2. Project management 
  3. Project development analyses and action plans 
  4. Organizational development, planning and analysis ~~ Operations assistance 
  5. Community-building training workshops 
  6. Small business development and small business contracting​ 
  7. Faith-based program development and implementation 
  8. Health care innovation grant programs 
  9. Drug and alcohol education and prevention training modules
  10. Troubled agency management  
  11. Drug and alcohol prevention and education consulting 
  12. Public Housing grant writing 
  13. Promise Neighborhoods grant writing 
  14. HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods grant writing 
  15. Small business set asides 
  16. Website design, hosting, content management and voice over
  17. Workforce development, planning and implementation services 
  18. Leadership Board Development 
  19. Team Building 
  20. Management Community-Based Research 
  21. Research and Evaluation 
  22. Community Engagement 
  23. Organizational Development 
  24. Community Impact Plans 
  25. Stakeholder Engagement 


The Community Development Guru believes in the power of collaborative partnerships as a powerful way to improve our communities.  The Community Development Guru also believes that in order to improve our communities, we must all work together to solve problems. Rock ia an expert at developing collaborative partnerships. He has successfully worked with representatives from neighborhoods, communities, faith based organization, HBCU's, social service organizations, grantmakers, city, county, state  and Federal agencies to build consensus and building strategic alliances regarding community development plans, special projects and program to address community needs throughout the United States. 

Partnerships: Community Development Guru has developed partnerships at the neighborhood, community, city, county, state and Federal levels where people have worked together to improve their communities. 

Models of Change


Community Development Guru has extensive experience working with community partners, grantmakers and governmental agencies to develop comprehensive community development plans that work. 


Urban communities with challenges and promise require new approaches. Core Synergy Group can help you and your organization or government agency convene stakeholders to identify and execute sustainable community solutions. 

                                           Leon Nathaniel Rock, M. Ed.

                                           Principal Consultant

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