Institute for Family Culture
Arne is head of Abbot Downing’s Institute for Family Culture, which includes four centers of excellence focused on supporting clients with a broad range of qualitative wealth planning priorities: Family and Business History; Family Business Transitions; Family Dynamics, Education and Governance; and, Social Impact Analysis. In this role he manages a national consulting team of PhD-level and other advanced degree professionals who collaborate closely with clients on strategies for addressing the complex personal, familial, and financial dilemmas and opportunities that can accompany significant wealth and that often determine its impact on current and future generations and both local and global communities. The work of the institute team includes helping clients to integrate family history and core values into wealth planning and decision making, translate vision and mission statements into actionable solutions, implement successful family communication and family transition strategies, establish effective family governance structures and processes, and define and measure social impact across the domains of philanthropy, investments, entrepreneurship, and social networks. Engaging clients in comprehensive goals discovery and experiential learning at individual, family, and multifamily levels are key components of this work. A significant emphasis is placed on engaging and preparing rising generation family members for not only the wealth, roles, and responsibilities they may inherit, but also various business, family, and social impact roles they may wish to inhabit, grow, and lead.
Arne has been with Wells Fargo—Abbot Downing’s parent company—since 2003 and has spent the better part of his career collaborating with executive leaders, entrepreneurs, and uniquely wealthy families and individuals on strategies for enhancing and leveraging opportunities that exist at the dynamic intersection of human, intellectual, and social capital.
Arne earned a doctorate degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and completed his clinical training at the University of California San Francisco and Harvard Medical School.
Arne is a member of the Family Office Exchange (FOX) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); a recent speaker at FOX, STEP, Tiger 21 and the Institute for Private Investors; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, American City Business Journals, Bloomberg, NXG Magazine, and Barron’s. He currently sits on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco.