Jeff Dove Jr.'s biography traces the touchstones of the American Dream: the child of a single mother, raised in multiple towns, attending five high schools in four years, who constructed a future through hard work and faith in the essential goodness of humankind. Mr. Dove spent his youth in a variety of suburban Washington towns, constantly moving with his mother and sister until the family ended up in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating, he found work at an area university, working at its student store, before joining the United States Army in 2004.

Mr. Dove served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he worked as a 74D Chemical Operations Specialist, and was awarded the Combat Action Badge. Coming home, he enrolled in Strayer University, where he made the Dean's Honor Roll while working full time. He holds a bachelor's degree in Information Systems.

Mr. Dove married Stephanie Fallarme in 2011 and the Doves welcomed their first child, Serenity, in June 2017. They reside in Woodbridge, Virginia. In addition to his Army service, Mr. Dove has been employed by the Naval Research Lab Federal Credit Union, Capital One, and the National Association of City and County Health Officials.