Hayden graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2012 with a BS in Political Science. He was commissioned as a submarine officer and was subsequently trained in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. He served on the USS Montpelier out of Norfolk, VA and Groton, CT and deployed to the Middle East before returning to Charleston, SC to teach nuclear power in the classroom. In 2020, Hayden transitioned to the Selected Reserves and matriculated at the Darden School of Business at UVA. He has two young boys and a wife and they spend their time exploring the hiking and food scenes in Charlottesville.