Clayton was born in Miami, Florida, to a military family. While Clayton’s father served in the Marines and the Army, their family resided in several locales throughout the United States and abroad. Clayton graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He was employed as a Senior Auditor for the State of Georgia before returning to Florida.

Clayton has worked at Bridgeway Center since 2006, starting as the Financial Coordinator for the HUD Program. After serving in various positions in Finance and Accounting, Clayton was promoted to Vice-President of Finance in 2020. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of West Florida (UWF) in 2022. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective August 2022.