Derek Mallow is the current representative for Georgia’s House District 163. He was born in Savannah, GA to the late William John Mallow and Ruby Bonds. Derek lost his father at five years old to suicide and was raised by his grandmother, who instilled in him the values of hard work, dedication, discipline, and commitment. She encouraged him to join local Cub Scout Pack 210 where he learned the value of mentorship. Derek later joined Boy Scout Troop 210, where he learned the importance of civics, and living in service to others.

Derek didn’t have a father growing up, but he had a village that aided him every step of the way. He attended the United House of Prayer for all People, “The Savannah Mother House,” when he was a child and is currently a member of First Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church located in historic downtown Savannah.

After graduating from Savannah’s Jenkins High School, Derek earned a bachelor’s degree in leadership and ministry from Asbury University as well as a master’s in public administration from Savannah State University.

In addition to serving in the Georgia House, Derek has served with the Boy Scouts of America for the past 13 years and has created many youth-focused programs throughout the district. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity; the 100 Black Men of Savannah, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.