Edson is a native of Philadelphia, PA and a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation, Edson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served as an Infantry Officer in 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and Marine Barracks Washington before joining 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion as a Team Commander. In September 2012, Edson resigned from active duty after 9 years in the Marine Corps and pursued his MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. He currently lives in New York city and works for Palantir Technologies.