Leonard Brock joined the CFLeads team in May 2020. As VP, Learning and Impact (Issues), Brock leads CFLeads’ Economic Mobility Action Network by facilitating shared learning and understanding, identifying content expertise to help deepen the knowledge of participants, and creating a safe space for community foundations to learn from each other as they work to advance economic mobility in their communities.
Leonard Brock believes closing the racial wealth gap is the civil rights and social justice fight of the 21st century. He brings a wealth of knowledge to this space, with a background working on policy issues related to economic mobility, economic resilience and poverty reduction. He most recently served as the Executive Director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative for the last five years. Prior to joining RMAPI, Brock worked for a decade in youth services, working with vulnerable populations in the city of Rochester. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport.
Brock also has extensive teaching experience, and is a nationally recognized scholar-practitioner working to advance education reform, black male achievement and poverty reduction across the country. In addition to his academic and professional expertise, Brock brings a lived experience to the Economic Mobility Action Network, having grown up in one of the most impoverished areas of the U.S.