Mary Burkholder is Vice President of BAE Urban Economics. Inc., a real estate economics consulting firm based in San Francisco, California. Ms. Burkholder heads up BAE’s Washington, DC office and leads the firm’s Mid-Atlantic practice. BAE’s services for public and private sector clients include financial feasibility studies, market analysis, economic development strategies, public-private transaction assistance, and development advisory services.
Prior to joining BAE, Ms. Burkholder was Senior Vice President at Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC). While with AAEDC, she also served as Interim President and CEO, Director of the Community Reinvestment Initiative, and Director of Business Development. During her eight year tenure, she oversaw dozens of successful business transactions, led successful outreach to small businesses, marshaled through Arundel Community Reinvestment Loans for improvements to businesses, and helped to prepare a successful fund manager application for the State’s new casino-funded small business assistance program.
Prior to joining AAEDC she served as Senior Vice President, Housing & Economic Development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest non-profit Community Development Financing Intermediary (CDFI). From 2009-2013, after leaving LISC, she served as a Senior Consultant to the organization, advising on foreclosure response and neighborhood stabilization to cities and towns across the country.
From 2004-2006 Ms. Burkholder served as Assistant Secretary and Executive Director, Community Development Administration overseeing Maryland’s housing finance agency at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. There she managed all affordable housing programs in the state including a bond finance program, initiated the nation’s first statewide employer assisted housing program, and prepared and participated in annual meetings with bond rating agencies for housing revenue bonds.
Ms. Burkholder was employed at ZHA as Senior Associate for Maryland-based consultancy specializing in urban real estate and economic development from 2000 – 2004. There she performed market analysis for major commercial / residential developments, prepared redevelopment plans and economic development strategies for U. S. cities and towns.
From 1999 – 2000 she worked at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs as Deputy Director overseeing business recruitment and retention for the State of Illinois. And from 1996 – 1999 she served as Assistant Secretary of Marketing for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (Currently known as the Maryland Department of Commerce).
Ms. Burkholder served in a variety of positions at the City of Annapolis from 1988-1996 where she became the City’s first Economic Development Director.
Educated at University of Maryland with a Master of Public Health (degree completion, 2019) and Master of City Planning. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her Post Graduate and Executive Education studies include Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Senior Executives Leadership Training and University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business for Executive Management in Housing and Public Finance
Ms. Burkholder has received a number of Awards and recognitions for her work.