Carlen Bailey Williams, Vice President – Affordable Housing Development at Arlington Properties

Carlen Bailey Williams

Vice President – Affordable Housing Development

Carlen Williams, vice president of Arlington Properties’ Affordable Housing Development division, is recognized throughout the Southeast as a veteran in the affordable housing market who leverages her extensive knowledge of sustainable developments to create quality, financially viable neighborhoods and communities. Carlen oversees the development of all of Arlington Properties’ affordable units as an  owner and fee developer with a particular focus on the Southeast.

Notable Developments

Gateway Place, a LEED Platinum senior housing community including both public housing and low  income housing tax credit units

Quasi-turnkey 82-unit scattered site development utilizing 4% low-income housing tax credits and  Capital Fund Financing Program

Acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family homes and multifamily apartments under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Career Experience & Accomplishments

Carlen began her affordable housing career as development officer and then director of development for the Huntsville Housing Authority. As the director of development, Carlen was responsible for the management and administration of the real estate development department. She implemented the agency’s first mixed-finance development, directed activities to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory provisions, implemented acquisition activities, directed all department contracting activities, worked closely with outside legal counsel and maintained strong working relationships with local officials.


Carlen obtained her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Alabama.

Community Engagement

Carlen has been an active member of a variety of national, state and local organizations. She has held  leadership positions in both the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC-NAHRO), including serving as Chair of the NAHRO Emerging Leaders Committee and SERC-NAHRO’s 40 Under 40. She is an active member of the American  Bar Association’s Affordable Housing Forum and has served on its Fair Housing Committee. An alumna of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Carlen has served on both the Veterans Treatment Task Force as well as the Governor’s AlaVetNet Commission Legal Assistance Committee.

Carlen is currently the president-elect for the Junior League of Huntsville and in 2015 was recognized as the Katherine and Richard Lester Emerging Arts Contribution Award winner for her impact on the Huntsville/Madison County arts community. Carlen remains committed to working with Huntsville’s low-income youth and has worked with organizations such as Boy Scout Troop 400, Girls Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama.