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Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Civic Leadership

Strengthening civic leadership statewide through the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

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Offering learning and support for state-level public service for Arizonans of all walks of life and perspectives.
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Learn the stories and connect with this year's 31 Flinn-Brown Fellows.
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Monthly public policy seminars emphasizing discussion among participants and presenters.
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Read about the impact Flinn-Brown Fellows are making in Arizona plus other news and announcements.
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Learn about the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and its flagship Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership strengthens civic leadership throughout Arizona, particularly at the state level, through in-person programs and publications on issues and leadership. The independent, nonpartisan Center is part of the Flinn Foundation. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship, the Center’s flagship program, selects Arizonans from all perspectives and walks of life each year for a high-level, 12-session seminar series, membership in the Flinn-Brown Network, and long-term support for state-level public service. The Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson provides generous co-sponsorship resources for the Flinn-Brown Fellowship.


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Lisa Urias leads communications agency reaching diverse markets

Lisa Urias launched Urias Communications in 2006 to provide strategic advertising, public-relations, and creative services to various Fortune 1000 clients, large nonprofit organizations, and government agencies throughout the U.S. and in Mexico.

A member of the first Flinn-Brown cohort, Urias (2011) also serves as a board member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Community Foundation, and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. [Read More]


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine: The intersection of environmental stewardship and science education

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine (2014)  is director of education at Biosphere 2 and a science-faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. 

Bonine writes about how he serves southern Arizona nonprofits, the K-12 education system, and UArizonathe impact of COVID-19 on Biosphere 2 and Tucsonthe value of the Flinn-Brown Network, and how his work advances the biosciences, research, and a culture of innovation and creative excellence. [Read More]


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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership names 31 Flinn-Brown Fellows for 2020

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has selected 31 civic leaders for its Flinn-Brown Fellowship seminar series that will focus on public policy development to address Arizona’s pressing socio-economic issues.

Four counties from across Arizona will be represented in the new cohort, with about a third of the Flinn-Brown Fellows from outside the Phoenix metro area, including Flagstaff, Kingman, Tucson, and for the first time, Vail. The 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellows hold a diversity of perspectives, experience, and policy interest and represent the private and public sectors in business and industry, government, nonprofits, arts, and education. [Read more]


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Annual report reveals highlights from 2019 Flinn-Brown Fellowship

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2019 annual report provides a summary of the 2019 seminar series and its 30-person cohort, the 2019 Flinn-Brown Convention including its five honorees, the Flinn-Brown Fellows projects, the Flinn-Brown Network and its members’ achievements, and continuing learning opportunities such as the Skill Set Series and Legislative Preview. [Read report]


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2020 Election Timeline: Everything you need to know

The 2020 general election season is in full swing and soon early voting and vote-by-mail will start. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to voters and poll workers to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to also help slow the spread of the virus. Make sure […]

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Flinn-Brown Fellow David Martinez III: Working to build the capacity of nonprofits to engage in advocacy, policy

David Martinez III serves as director of capacity building and community engagement at Vitalyst Health Foundation, working with community-based leaders, organizations, and coalitions to increase capacity and civic participation. Prior to joining Vitalyst, Martinez (2011) was project manager for the Center for the Future of Arizona and before that community engagement manager for St. Mary’s […]

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Special Edition Network News: Call to Action: Help AZ complete the census

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening right now, and we need your help! We know that as Flinn-Brown Fellows, you appreciate the impact the census has on our state. Every ten years, it serves as our guiding tool for equal political representation and distribution of more than $675 billion in funding to support essential services […]

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August 2020 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace The month of August typically heralds the hustle and bustle of “back to school,” which inevitably touches the lives of most Arizonans–certainly if you have kids, but even if you do not. The longer commutes and traffic remind us that summer is officially over. In a typical year, the week before […]