Announcing the Fourth Class of Flinn-Brown Fellows

September 3, 2012

By Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce the Fall 2012 class of Flinn-Brown Civic
Leadership Academy. This is the fourth class to participate in the Academy, an initiative of the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations in Tucson.

With now over 100 Arizonans participating in the initiative, Flinn-Brown Fellows can be found all over the state, including Kykotsmovi, Flagstaff, Jerome, Cottonwood, Goodyear, Globe, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Vail, Tucson, Safford, and cities and towns in between. Fellows also continue to represent a wide array of perspectives, walks of life, and employment backgrounds. The newest class includes leaders from Arizona’s business, industry, nonprofit, education, and government sectors—including current and former local elected officials.

The Flinn-Brown Academy, the flagship program of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, was created to help prepare and support Arizona’s future state-level civic leaders who wish to serve—whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid—as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council; an elected official; a state government executive; or a policy advisor.

The Academy is comprised of a 12-session seminar series that helps participants develop a better understanding of Arizona’s most pressing public-policy issues, as well as the skills required to take the next steps into state-level civic leadership. Beyond the seminars, the Academy includes advising from a private- or public-sector leader, an individual plan for civic leadership in Arizona, an alumni network, and continued learning opportunities.

The nonpartisan Academy’s content is based on the critical issues facing Arizona. Public-policy experts, scholars, current and former agency heads, elected officials, and other leaders—drawn from the public and private sectors—share with Fellows not only facts and figures, but also a wide variety of perspectives and leadership skills.

The class was selected in a highly competitive process that involved a formal application, along with an in-person interview. The Leadership Council of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership made the final selection of Fellows. The group will begin the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy on September 7.

Interested in participating in the Academy? The Academy seminar series is presented in the fall and spring each year. The application process for the Spring 2013 cohort will open later in September, and the Fall 2013 application process will open next March. See for updates about both upcoming classes and subscribe to the free e-

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