Christopher D. Mello was born June 22, 1976, in Greenwich, Conn. to Douglas and Ellen Mello. He graduated from Princeton University in 1998, where he majored in psychology. After college, he joined BT Alex. Brown in Baltimore as a financial analyst. He joined Alta as an associate in July 2000 and was later promoted to senior analyst.
Mello is survived by his parents, his brother John and his paternal grandmother. He also left behind Kristy Walsh, a long-term girlfriend.
Mello enjoyed athletic activities and was a member of the Alta basketball team.