Jay Alt grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from United States International University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature in June of 1971. He attended Western State University, College of law, graduating in June of 1975. Jay was admitted to the California bar Association shortly thereafter.
After practicing law for five years, Jay decided to pursue a career in aviation. He worked as a flight engineer for UPS, and then subsequently moved to a major airline in May of 1987. Jay and his wife of forty-five years divide their time between Virginia and the island of Bequia in the southern Caribbean.