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

Civic Leadership

Strengthening civic leadership throughout Arizona with the Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

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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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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.


Civic Leadership

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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Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit strives to improve criminal-justice system as county chief probation officer

Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit (2013), the chief probation officer for the Coconino County Adult Probation Department in Flagstaff, answers questions about her profession, public policy, the Flinn-Brown Network, the benefits of art, and the impact of COVID-19.

Douthit has held a variety of positions in the criminal justice system in Arizona and is an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association. She is dedicated to servant leadership in Arizona to promote successful outcomes and healthy communities. [Read more]


Civic Leadership

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 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 in the office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for more than four years, including leading the development of the Governor’s P-20 education agenda. Most recently, Wallace completed a short-term role as the education-policy advisor to the president of the Arizona State Senate. Her previous experience includes a stint as director of government relations for the Maricopa County Community College District and policy-advisor roles in the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate. [Read more]


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Civic Leadership

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. At Biosphere 2, he helps design learning experiences for 100,000 annual visitors and 10,000 K-12 school children, […]

Civic Leadership

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 within the national, state and local political landscape to address Arizona’s pressing socio-economic issues. Four counties from across Arizona will be represented in the new cohort, with […]

Civic Leadership

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. Learn more: Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2019 […]

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit strives to improve criminal-justice system as county chief probation officer

Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit (2013) is the chief probation officer for the Coconino County Adult Probation Department in Flagstaff. She has held a variety of positions in the criminal justice system in Arizona, including with Adult Parole, Adult Probations, and the Arizona Supreme Court. She is also an active member of the American Probation and […]