Dennis Plato, Associate Analyst

Dennis serves as an Associate Analyst at Syntrinsic, where he contributes to the firm’s capital markets and economic research, as well as manager due diligence. Prior to joining Syntrinsic, Dennis worked in Boston, MA, as a Senior Associate at State Street Global Services and as a Senior Fixed Income Operations Analyst at Loomis Sayles. In these roles, Dennis developed tools and processes to streamline operations and reduce risk.

In 2015, Dennis left Boston to pursue his longtime dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Afterward, he moved to Colorado and began working in the finance department of The Public Interest Network, a national coalition of consumer and environmental advocacy nonprofits. There, Dennis developed risk management tools, compiled and submitted IRS forms, and worked to develop a uniform, network-wide investment strategy.

Dennis is an ardent believer that we are at our best when our actions align with a mission that we personally identify with. A key takeaway from his Appalachian Trail experience was to double down on that conviction, hence his transition to work in the nonprofit sector. His role at Syntrinsic continues this theme, offering Dennis the chance to continually explore capital markets, economies, and investment strategies, which he finds fascinating, while also supporting organizations that are out there making a difference.

Dennis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dennis is a 2017 Level III Candidate in the CFA Program, which he sits for in June 2017.

He and his wife are expecting their first child in 2017.

Dennis’s Story

I felt I needed something big to commemorate wrapping up college and joining the workforce. When a friend told me about Bike & Build, I knew I had found it. Bike & Build is a nonprofit that raises money and increases awareness for affordable housing initiatives across the U.S. As part of the program, groups of 30 young adults spend two to three months cycling across the country, visiting with communities and working on affordable housing builds along the way.

It was an incredible experience. By the end, my group and I had ridden over 3,500 miles from Nags Head, NC, to La Jolla, CA, and raised over $140,000. We had also contributed 2,000 hours of sweat equity to projects in communities that we rode through. One of my favorite parts was having the opportunity to meet with members of those communities. It was eye-opening to see how differently people live across the country.

Another highlight of the trip was cycling through Colorado, which blew me away. We had to earn our way up steady, never-ending climbs on our bikes, and then we were rewarded with epic descents. And snow in July! I was hooked, which is a big part of why I moved here seven years later.