Carolyn Barden is a transactional finance attorney and an associate in the Los Angeles office of Bocarsly Emden.
She specializes in community development, affordable housing, and mixed-use housing projects. She represents investors and developers in the acquisition, financing, and syndication of real estate projects that utilize federal low-income housing tax credits and new market tax credits.
Prior to joining Bocarsly Emden, Ms. Barden served as Agency Counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, where she represented the agency in its role as a lender and regulatory body in sophisticated affordable housing and community development transactions, including transactions involving LIHTC, project-based Section 8 assistance payments, Rental Assistance Demonstration Program developments, and layered federal, state, and local subsidies. As Agency Counsel, she also advised the agency regarding a wide range of legal issues related to the agency’s operation, ownership, disposition, and rehabilitation of public housing; administration of housing choice vouchers; use of grant funding, including funding from novel grant sources like HCD’s Project Homekey; negotiation of commercial leases; and compliance with HUD regulations and fair housing laws.
Before joining the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Ms. Barden was an associate attorney in a litigation practice, where she regularly represented commercial clients involving real estate, construction, and commercial leasing.
Ms. Barden received a Juris Doctorate degree from UCLA School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico with a major in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. Prior to law school, Ms. Barden served as Scheduler for then California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Ms. Barden is licensed to practice law in the State of California.