UDC’s Board of Trustees
Christopher D. Bell
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Christopher D. Bell is Partner in the Real Estate Group with the law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP where he focuses on housing finance. He advises and represents real estate lenders, borrowers, and developers on transactional and regulatory issues, with a concentration on financing transactions involving government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) such as Fannie Mae.
Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Bell practiced for more than 10 years at Fannie Mae, a GSE chartered by Congress to support the secondary mortgage market. As the agency’s Associate General Counsel of Housing and Community Development, he served as Fannie Mae’s lead attorney for affordable housing transactions and secondary market construction loan participations and syndications.
In addition, Mr. Bell served as lead counsel for Fannie Mae’s corporate charitable arm, the Office of Community Investment and Engagement, where he provided legal counsel regarding grant documentation, intellectual property rights, procurement, audit, and compliance matters.
Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.