In 2017, the 35-year-old told the Dayton Daily News he moved back to Ohio from Washington, D.C. to tackle some of the problems he wrote about in his book.
“I’ve always wanted to move back to Ohio,” Vance said. “…I really wanted to work on some of the problems I write about in the book because it’s primarily diagnostic, it’s not prescriptive so I talk about those problems but I don’t necessarily talk about a way out and I think that to work on those solutions is (number) one, important and two, you have to be close to where the problems are.”
Axios reported Vance has brought on Falon Donohue, who is well-known in Ohio for her work in venture capital. She reportedly resigned this week from her position leading VentureOhio, a non-profit that promotes venture capital investing in Ohio.
Vance enlisted in the Marines after he graduated from Middletown High School in 2003 and was sent to Iraq. The Ohio State University and Yale University alumnus lives in Cincinnati with his wife and a son.