Commissioner Louise Carroll

Title: Partner
Company: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Location: New York, New York, United States

Louise Carroll, Partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in housing advocacy.

Throughout her professional career, Ms. Carroll has been a tireless advocate for inclusionary housing policy, a proponent of tenants’ rights and a champion for the equitable treatment of those in underserved communities. She has also served as a consultant and mentor for New York’s Minority- and/or Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program. Ms. Carroll worked at New York City’s Department of Housing Development and Preservation from 2006 to 2021, most recently as commissioner for housing incentives. During her tenure at the agency, she was the primary architect of changes to New York City’s tax programs to leverage greater affordability and better promote the goals of this Administration’s housing plan. She also led the creation of a compliance and enforcement unit to protect tenants’ rights and make sure landlords were following through on their promises to the city. She was instrumental to both the design and implementation of the City’s path-breaking Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Program to require the creation of permanently affordable housing as part of residential rezonings, and streamlined and revamped the agency’s approach to the Voluntary Inclusionary Housing program to produce record numbers of affordable homes.

Prior to her career in law and housing advocacy, Ms. Carroll obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester in 1993. She served at Friedrich A. Detjen (Cyprus) Ltd. as an assistant manager of Finance from 1993 to 1994 and chief financial officer from 1994 to 1995. After obtaining a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 1998, Ms. Carroll worked as a transactions attorney in the Business Law Division of the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services from 1999 to 2002. From 2002 to 2006, she was active as associate counsel for the Litigation and Enforcement Division of the Conflicts of Interest Board of the City of New York. In 2006, she began her tenure at New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, operating as the associate general Ccunsel for inclusionary housing until 2011, the assistant commissioner for inclusionary housing from 2012 to 2014, the associate commissioner for housing incentives from 2016 to 2018, and the commissioner from 2019 to 2021. 

Since 2022, Ms. Carroll has excelled as the chair of the Affordable Housing and Community Development Practice and a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She also held the position of the chair of the board for the Housing Development Corporation, a board member for the United Nations Development Corporation, a board member for The Partnership For New York City, a board member for The Center For NYC Neighborhoods Inc., a trustee and board member for the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and a board member for the Community Preservation Corporation. Ms. Carroll has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition as a Real Estate Trailblazer by The National Law Journal in 2022, the James W. Rouse Civic Medal of Honor from Enterprise Community Partners in 2021,  the George Calvert Community Service Award from Hope Community Inc. in2021, induction into the; Real Estate Power 100 by theCity and State of New York from 2020 to 2021, and the Ibo Balton Award for Community Planning from the Citizens Housing and Planning Council in 2016.

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