About Mallory

Mallory Smith was a writer and environmental journalist with a passion for sustainability and social change. A 2014 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Mallory studied Human Biology with a concentration in Environmental Anthropology. During her time at Stanford, Mallory produced radio documentaries for Green Grid Radio as well as short news features for NPR at its Santa Monica affiliate, KCRW, and a documentary film, Silver Bullet. She also played club volleyball for Stanford and was a three-sport athlete in high school, serving as captain of each team.

“Many of the feelings I write about are too difficult to share while I’m alive, so I’m keeping everything in my journal password-protected until the end”

Mallory Smith

After college, Mallory’s first book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story, was published to wide acclaim. Her memoir, SALT IN MY SOUL: AN UNFINISHED LIFE, has been met with critical and commercial success. Though Mallory is not here to celebrate its publication, her voice and her spirit are with us in this unflinching look at the joy, love, and loss that defined her life.

A fierce advocate, Mallory launched the viral social media campaign Lunges4Lungs with friends and raised over $5 million with her parents for CF research through the annual Mallory’s Garden event. She passed away at the age of twenty-five on November 15, 2017, two months after receiving a double lung transplant. Mallory’s Legacy Fund has been established in her memory at the California Community Foundation.