Mallory is a graduate of Central State University, which awarded him the first honorary doctorate of laws given to an alumnus. He pursued post-graduate studies at Xavier University. A former Cincinnati Public Schools teacher, Mallory also taught courses at the University of Cincinnati in state government and African-American politics since the Civil War for 25 years.
Mallory is a Cincinnati native and resident. He is married and has six children.
Metro and Access are non-profit public services of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing almost 17 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati community.