Carroll previously worked with HPD on housing incentives. On May 2, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Louise Carroll as the new Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Carroll, whose career in public service includes prior work with HPD to protect tenants, will work on preservation to avoid tenant displacement and work with the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants.
Carroll was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, and has an M.B.A. from the University of Leicester, England and a B.Sc. from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth.
Carroll currently serves as the General Counsel of the Housing Development Corporation. She previously worked for HPD from 2006 to 2018, including as Associate Commissioner for Housing Incentives. While at HPD, Carroll changed tax incentive programs to improve affordability as well as leading the creation of compliance and enforcement unit to protect tenants’ rights.
Carroll stated, “I’m going fight to ensure New Yorkers can afford to live and thrive in this City. Fighting means cutting through the red-tape, rejecting business as usual, and enacting policies that focus on the everyday lives of tenants.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “Affordable Housing is about more than just numbers for Louise – she knows that with every affordable home created and preserved, it means more New Yorkers can stabilize their lives and thrive in their neighborhoods. She will fight aggressively to protect tenants and prevent displacement.”
Incoming Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been stated, “Louise is a brilliant lawyer and manager who is known for being tough and fair. It’s her empathy, integrity, and tenacity as a litigator that will make her an excellent HPD Commissioner. Tenants now have a skilled negotiator and manager working on rent regulation reform and committed to protecting their homes.”
Acting HPD Commissioner Eric Enterlin will return to his position as the President of the Housing Development Corporation. Enterlin became Acting Commissioner after former Commissioner Maria Torres – Springer stepped down earlier this year.
By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the CityLaw Fellow and a New York Law School Graduate, Class of 2018.)