Mary Grace Folwell

Mary Grace Folwell

Of Counsel
Washington, DC

Mary Grace Folwell’s varied background in affordable housing and community development gives her— and clients— invaluable perspective. In addition to working as a lawyer in private practice, her experience includes serving as counsel for a housing authority and general counsel for a national affordable housing property management company.

She has a deep understanding of affordable housing and community development, operations, compliance, and risk management, and the unique tax, regulatory, and governance issues that nonprofits face. Mary Grace was a lawyer at Ballard Spahr for 10 years before she gained in-house counsel experience and experience on nonprofit boards and then rejoined the firm.

Professional Highlights

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Navigating the Waters of Relocation,” Housing Development Law Institute, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2022

Board Memberships & Community Service

Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County – Board Chair, January 2020 – December 2021; Member of Executive Committee, January 2018 – present

Homes for America – Board Secretary and Member of Executive Committee; Member of Real Estate Committee, January 2016 – January 2021



The George Washington University Law School (2005 J.D.)

Swarthmore College (1991 B.A. in Psychobiology)


District of Columbia