Emery Wager grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He began his professional career as an engineer at a medical device startup in Silicon Valley before joining the United States Marine Corps and earning a position as an infantry officer. He completed two tours to Afghanistan—one as a platoon commander and one as a company executive officer—before leaving active duty and writing a novel, How to Name a Generation. In 2013 Emery joined the team at Gravity Payments and became a leader in many different parts of the business, from product management to marketing and business development. In 2017, he began developing what would become Gravity Legal, a financial technology company focused on helping law firms reduce costs and better manage money. Emery lives in Seattle with his wife Leigh and daughter Blakeley.