Dylan Ward was born May 24, 1970 to Needham Ward, MD and Diane Ward. He is the oldest of five children. His parents and siblings live in Tacoma, Washington. Ward’s father is a well-known cardiologist.
In 1992, Ward graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in Foreign Service. In 1995, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, with an Associate of Culinary Arts degree. In 2003, Ward earned a Masters in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Ward has also co-founded a small educational publishing business, “The House of the Tiger Aunt” based in Taiwan. He has written and edited numerous children’s books, several of which have received awards.
After graduation from Simmons College, Ward relocated to Washington, DC, renting a basement apartment in the Capitol Hill home of Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky. When Price and Zaborsky sold that property, Ward relocated with them to their new home at 1509 Swann St NW, this time renting a room in the house.
Ward began work for Equality Virginia (EV), a gay rights advocacy organization (where Price was a Director), after moving to Washington, DC. As EV’s Development Director, Ward broke all organization records for fund raising. Ward left EV and joined a direct mail funding raising company providing development support to non-profit organizations. He continues to do contract work for the fund raising company, writing fund raising letters for clients.
In 2006, Ward graduated from the Potomac Institute for Massage Therapy and obtained his license to practice as a massage therapist in the District of Columbia. In 2007, Ward traveled to Thailand, completed a six-week training course in Thai Massage, and obtained his certification to practice Thai Massage in the United States. After completion of the course, Ward returned to the United States and continued practicing in Washington, DC.
Ward moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in October 2007. He continued performing contract work for the direct mail fund raising company while living there. In June 2008, after Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky purchased a home in Miami Shores, Florida, Ward moved into that home and managed the property for Price and Zaborsky. Ward returned to Washington, DC, after his indictment in the Wone case, and resumed living with Price and Zaborsky in an apartment they rented following the sale of the 1509 Swann Street NW property in June 2008.
According to court documents, Dylan Ward was involved in a three-way intimate relationship with Price and Zaborsky. Price and Zaborsky shared the master bedroom, were in a committed, intimate relationship, and were registered domestic partners. Ward occupied a second bedroom in the Swann Street house, and was involved in a personal, intimate relationship with Price. The nature of the relationship with Price included a dominant-submissive sexual relationship, with Ward playing the dominant role and Price the submissive role. Zaborsky has stated that he, Price, and Ward were all in a relationship as a “family”, but that Ward did not share and equal part of that relationship, however, they were attempting to make it that way.