Matthew R. Adams

Lead Advisor, Principal

Matt joined Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors in 2017. He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®)Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certifications. Matt completed his undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara where he majored in Business Economics and Accounting, graduating cum laude. He was also an intercollegiate men’s volleyball scholar athlete at UCSB.

Prior to joining D&Y, Matt spent 15 years in the financial services industry in various capacities. He started his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte, a global accounting firm, where he worked in their San Diego, Sydney, and London offices. More recently, he was a wealth manager at a San Diego-based independent advisory firm.

Matt is a San Diego native. Having grown up in Olivenhain, he now lives in Solana Beach with his wife and their two sets of twins (fraternal girls and identical boys).

Why did you join Dowling & Yahnke?

The brain trust of this advisory team is remarkable. We collaborate on client cases to ensure every client is well served. We have big firm sophistication in our investment management and financial planning processes, in a boutique firm setting. It really is the best of both worlds for our clients.

What quality of yours makes you best suited for what you do?

Because of my background as a CPA, I tend to approach every client situation from a holistic financial planning perspective. This includes an in-depth look at tax strategies and concepts that could help them make informed financial decisions in all aspects of their financial lives.

What is your favorite spot in San Diego?

Wherever our kids can get their hands dirty, be it Fletcher Cove, Powerhouse Park, Birch Aquarium or the San Elijo Lagoon trails.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

Having happy, healthy twin girls now, that spent a long time in the NICU as preemies.  Helping them learn and grow is a continual gift in life.

What personal accomplishments are you most proud of?

Getting an early manager promotion working incredibly long hours in the highly competitive Deloitte London investment banking audit group. I nearly cried when the lead Partner gave me the nod.

I love helping clients with…

Connecting the dots between their financial, philanthropic, tax, and estate planning goals. Creating a robust financial projection helps inform portfolio decisions, stretches their philanthropic dollars, highlights estate planning scenarios, and complements any personal tax strategy overlay. My goal is to try and add financial value and peace of mind to each client beyond our core portfolio management responsibilities.


  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA Business Economics and Accounting


  • California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)
  • North County Estate Planning Council
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), San Diego
  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)
  • Institute for Divorce Financial AnalystsTM