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Flinn Foundation names state-government executive Dawn Wallace to direct civic-leadership program

Dawn Wallace, a public-policy expert who has advised Republican and Democratic governors and guided policy development in both houses of the Arizona Legislature, is joining the Flinn Foundation as its new Vice President, Civic Leadership.  Wallace succeeds Nancy Welch, who retired in December after guiding the Flinn Foundation’s statewide civic-leadership program from its launch to broad recognition as Arizona’s premier initiative preparing leaders for state-level public service.  Wallace will begin her new role March 23. The application for the 2020 cohort of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship will open two weeks later, on April 6.  Wallace served […]


Flinn Foundation issues grant to support COVID-19 testing, cancels events

Conference center closes, staff to work from home  Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has issued an emergency $100,000 grant to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to support population-based testing of the novel coronavirus in Arizona and to help TGen immediately and dramatically ramp up its capacity to analyze individual samples for the disease.  Meanwhile, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease […]


Six Arizona bioscience startups selected for 2020 Flinn Foundation entrepreneurship program

Six bioscience companies creating innovative solutions to improve regenerative medicine, spinal surgery, sleep health, medical payments, the food supply, and even ear cleaning have been selected for the 2020 Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program.  The Arizona-based firms will each receive $30,000 in funding support through a nonprofit partner, a personalized plan to help advance the company, and connections with the state’s bioscience and policy leaders.  The Flinn Foundation has competitively selected 40 bioscience firms in Arizona since 2014 to participate in the program, providing nearly $1.2 million in funding support. The program was established to foster entrepreneurship […]

Civic Leadership

Coronavirus outbreak brings work of Flinn-Brown Fellow Jessica Rigler into the public eye

By Brian Powell Flinn Foundation  A member of the Arizona State University community last month became the first confirmed case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Arizona and one of the first in the United States as the outbreak expanded beyond central China.  The state agency at the forefront of this identification and response is the Arizona Department of Health Services, whose assistant director overseeing the division of public health preparedness is Flinn-Brown Fellow Jessica Rigler.  Rigler, who has worked […]