Cory is from San Diego, California and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, studying Physiology & Chemistry. His time in Oregon gave him a life-long love of craft beer, black coffee, and long-distance running (mostly to work off the calories from the beer). He received his Master's of Public Health in Health Policy & Management from the Yale School of Public Health. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 2016 to work in healthcare consulting and attend George Mason's JD/MBA dual-degree program. Today he works as an antitrust attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, focusing on competition and consolidation in the healthcare industry.