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About Mallory

New Vision, New Direction

Mallory Carver's family has resided in Portsmouth for over 40 years. Although, she was born in White Plains, NY she moved to Portsmouth with her mother, Kim Smith (now Kim McHerrin), as a toddler. She was raised by her mother, Kim, and her grandparents, Melvin and Ethel Smith, in the community of Cavalier Manor. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and is an honor graduate of the historic I. C. Norcom High School. She attended Elizabeth City State University for two years but left shortly after marrying her High School sweetheart, Ray Carver, to take care of their family while he served in the military. 


After she and Ray separated and later divorced she had to overcome many obstacles to get where she is today. She entered the workforce as a part-time employee of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. After being with the agency for a short period, she gained a full-time position. Shortly after that she was promoted to a Work Lead. With the support of her family Mallory was able to work a full-time job and support two small children. In 2011 Mallory was given the opportunity to enter the Self Sufficiency Program offered by Portsmouth Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She received housing in the Hamilton Place community. It was there, Mallory was able to provide an affordable home for her children and receive the necessary tools to continue to advance her career and better her life.


Mallory continued to work hard and remain focused on reaching her goals. She was promoted to the Assistant Manager of the Suffolk branch in 2012. After only 2 years in the Self Sufficiency program Mallory was able to move out of subsidized housing and purchase her first home in the Cradock community. Mallory is grateful for the opportunities the program afforded her and recognizes she is just one of the many success stories. Mallory knows and understands the value of hard work. She has made a point to use it to become better but has not forgotten where she came from.


Mallory has always had a heart for public service, the community, and the youth in the city of Portsmouth. For over 20-year Mallory has dedicated her life to helping others. She has worked with many groups, churches, and organizations to help feed and clothe the homeless, to provided school supplies to underprivileged youth, mentor young ladies and teens, and coach youth sports. Mallory currently serves on the board of the Portsmouth City Sports Club, a successful nonprofit, that has served the youth of Portsmouth and surrounding cities, for over five years. She has worked in public service for the Department of Motor Vehicles for over 14 years and has served in her current role as Manager of the Smithfield Branch for the last 4 years. She loves people and has enjoyed serving the citizens of Virginia in this capacity.


In 2014 Mallory and her high school sweetheart, Ray, rekindled their relationship and remarried. They are continuing to raise their family in the Cradock community and the city they both love. Their three daughters all attend Portsmouth Public Schools and their oldest daughter is a 2019 graduate of their Alma Mater, I. C. Norcom High School.