Emory graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He has served with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadrons 14 and 15, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, and the Naval Reserve Officer Training program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Along the way he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC. After separating from active duty in 2019 he joined Cisco Systems as an account manager.