Chinese by heritage and Californian by birth, Dennis was inspired from a young age to dedicate himself to art and empathy, dual lessons he learned from his father, who came from a line of Chinese poets, and his mother, a nurse.
Dennis earned his BFA, with honors in theater, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Following his graduation he formed a theater company to produce his own adaptation of Checkhov's The Seagull. Over five seasons the company went on to produce 10 full-length productions, and Dennis received glowing reviews in The New Yorker and The New York Times, amongst others.
Simultaneously, Dennis worked in the non-profit sector, directly giving back to the community that supported him through young adulthood by marshaling corporate volunteers and dollars to improving the five boroughs of New York. He subsequently raised millions of dollars for mighty causes all up and down the Eastern Seaboard as a fundraising consultant.
After earning an MBA at the Yale School of Management, (where he was a Soros Fellow), Dennis is now at SYPartners, a design consultancy in San Francisco and New York. At SYP he continues to focus on creativity and empathy by helping his clients create cultures of purpose, values, and making an enormous impact in the world. Working with some of the greatest companies and non-profits in the world, he hopes to bring a greater dialogue around race, immigration, and human connection to the private and social sectors alike.