Mallory DePrekel was born in Chicago and raised in Carlsbad, California before moving back to Chicago before college. Mallory graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and minors in Spanish and TESOL, and a certificate in Urban Education. Mallory taught in Chicago Public Schools as a K-8 Spanish teacher for two years, but found her passion for non-profits while working at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL as the Manager of Youth Services and later the Manager of Training and Development. It was at the Y that Mallory learned partnership development, cultural competencies, outreach and engagement and fundraising. She completed her Master’s in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Spring, 2016.
In June 2017, Mallory and her husband Peter moved back to Michigan to start their family and new careers. In July 2017, the DePrekels welcomed their first child, Carter Duke. After getting settled in Lansing, Mallory worked with in the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) in Lansing, MI as the Director of Education to build partnerships, develop programs and train staff.
Mallory sits on the Professional Development committee of the Michigan After School Association, is a certified YMCA of the USA Trainer and die-hard MSU and Chicago Cubs fan. She and her family currently live in East Lansing, MI.