Community Development Subject Matter Expert  

Leon Nathaniel Rock (Rock) works with local citizens, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, city, county, state along with Federal agencies to help rebuild urban communities while preserving affordable housing and developing community economic development programs.   

He advocates providing opportunities for low-income families to have full access to transit-accessible neighborhoods where there are high performing schools, jobs, health care, recreation, culture, and other resources that are within reach, making it easier for low-income families to be productive citizens.

Rock holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, College of Public and Community Service and a Master's degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of Yale Universities, Drug, and Alcohol Dependence Institute.

Areas of Expertise:  

Rock is a Community Development Subject Matter Expert who has consulted with the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development, U.S. Department of Education along with other Federal, state and local governments. He has consulted on issues of fair housing, community economic development, digital divide special projects, grant writing, affordable housing, community development, nonprofit organizational development, faith-based organizational development,  community capacity building, community-based economic development, project  management, community benefits agreements and organizational development in urban settings.

He has also conducted operational reviews and assessments for dozens of educational institutions and dozens of local housing agencies including the Resensellar Housing Authority, Greene County Housing Authority and Seattle Housing Authority regarding their section 8, and other  affordable housing certification process, for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. 

Rock's portfolio includes many Federal housing and community development task orders, sub-contracts, award-winning projects and programs.  His work spans over four decades and demonstrates how his highly tailored, inclusionary community development approaches can solve problems in diverse communities and settings.

Extensive Experience: 

For over three decades Rock has developed sustainable community capacity building plans and implementation strategies with community stakeholders throughout the United States.  He is a subject matter expert on community engagement and economic equity strategies in urban communities. He has worked as a project expeditor for the Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) in 30 of the fastest-growing U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Buffalo, NY, Daytona Beach, Orlando, FL, New Orleans. Kansas City, Winston-Salem, Baltimore, Seattle, East St. Louis, and Chicago. 

Rock has a stellar track record in housing and community development. He has successfully completed every project he has undertaken including securing the needed financing for various Federal programs including Neighborhood Networks, HOPE VI, Moving To Work, Drug Elimination, Campus of Learners, Neighborhood Planning Grants, Financial Literacy Education, and other Federal programs. 

Interested in his services or a quote?  

Just send Rock a message and he will get back to you within 24 hours or call him directly at: 240-696-1135


Rock accepts a wide variety of service assignments from non-profit organizations, community development corporations, federal, state and local governments.