Mary Grace Folwell
Mary Grace Folwell

Mary Grace Folwell

Tel 202.661.7605
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Mary Grace Folwell has significant experience advising clients on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulatory and statutory matters, compliance with HUD programs, and financing real estate transactions. She also frequently supports clients to track legislation, appropriations, and policy changes affecting affordable housing from local, state, and federal levels of government.

Ms. Folwell advises a wide range of clients on government procurement issues, including compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. She also regularly advises clients on formation and compliance issues for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. 

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Folwell was an American Planning Association fellow at the U.S. Senate, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and she assisted the director of housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in legislative advocacy and analysis of the Section 8 program. She also worked at the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia, where she oversaw the development of affordable homeownership projects and land condemnation in North Philadelphia.

Pro Bono Experience

Ms. Folwell provides pro bono advice to a wide range of non-profit and 501(c)(3) organizations, including advice on formation of non-profit organizations, application for 501(c)(3) status, formation of affiliated organizations, mergers of two existing non-profits, dissolutions, and policies such as conflicts of interest and privacy policies.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court of the District of Columbia have named Ms. Folwell to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2012, 2013, and 2014, for providing 100 hours of pro bono service per calendar year.

Professional Activities

Member, Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Creating Urban Senior Care Communities in Baltimore City

Recent Publications

Co-author, "President Releases FY 2015 HUD Budget," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, March 6, 2014

Co-author, "Congress Passes FY 2014 HUD Budget", Ballard Spahr Housing alert, January 17, 2014

Co-author, "HUD Issues New Public Housing Capital Fund Rule," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, October 30, 2013

Co-author, "HUD Issues Revised Instructions for Rental Assistance Demonstration," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, July 3, 2013

Co-author, "President Releases Fiscal Year 2014 HUD Budget," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, April 12, 2013

Co-author, "Cross Cutting Requirements; Federal Requirements Impacting HUD Programs," Navigating HUD Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Labyrinth, May 2012

Co-author, "HUD Issues Instructions for Rental Assistance Demonstration," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, March 29, 2012

Co-author, "Congress Provides New Tool for Revitalizing Public Housing," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, November 30, 2011

Co-author, "Proposed FY 2012 Budget: Challenge and Opportunity for Public Housing," Ballard Spahr Housing alert, February 17, 2011

"Affordable Assisted Living Can Promote Choice for Seniors While Saving States Money," Maryland ABA Journal, January 2009

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Procurement Made Easy – Innovative Ways To Legally Comply with 24 CFR Part 85," Housing Development Law Institute, May 2014

Panelist, "Evolving Trends in Maryland Affordable Housing," Ballard Spahr Housing briefing, April 2014

"Basics of Government Installation Procurement and Contracting," Defense Renewal Energy and Military Microgrids Conference, April 2013

Moderator, "Public Housing Potpourri (Operating Subsidy Q&A and Recent Rules and Notices)," ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, May 2012

"Legal Ramifications of the 2012 Federal Budget on Assisted Housing," Housing Development Law Institute, May 2012

Faculty, "Rolling Out RAD: Real Case Studies for Consideration," Ballard Spahr Housing webinar, March 2012

"Carrots or Sticks: Using the Lease as a Social Policy Tool," Housing Development Law Institute, April 2011

"Strategies for Developing Affordable Housing in the Current Political and Fiscal Environment," Colorado Bar CLE: Public Projects: Advanced Real Estate Issues, Denver, March 25, 2011

"Neighborhood Stabilization Program: Acquisition and More," National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (Colorado and Mountain Plains Chapter), Annual Conference, Snowmass, Colorado, June 17-19, 2009

"Politics of Housing: Opportunities and Future Directions," National Association of Local Finance Housing Agencies, April 2009

"ARRA: Implications for Affordable Housing Projects and Public Housing Authorities," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 2009

"Bringing Home the Benefits of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 2008

"Turning Around Bad Assets: Acquiring Foreclosed Properties with New Federal Funds," National Housing and Redevelopment Association, October 2008

"Federal Lobbying Requirements," NAHRO Train the Trainers, December 2006

"Public Housing Models in Different States," presentation to Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Creating Urban Senior Care Communities in Baltimore City

Community Activities

Building Futures: Family AIDS Housing, Inc., board member

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, Education Committee and Steering Committee

George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2005, with honors)
Member, Public Contract Law Journal

Swarthmore College (B.A. 1991)

District of Columbia