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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 Civic Leadership Academy, the Center’s flagship program, selects Arizonans from all perspectives and walks of life for a high-level, 14-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 also provides resources for the Academy.


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2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy application to open in spring

The 2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is set to begin in August 2020 and conclude in November 2020.

The application for the next Flinn-Brown Academy will open in spring 2020.

Every year, about 25 Arizonans are selected for membership in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in a highly competitive statewide process. Flinn-Brown builds Fellows’ expertise in policy and politics over the Academy’s 14 sessions and with continuing long-term support, while introducing them to many of the networks that make things happen in Arizona.

Learn more about the application process and 2020 schedule here. Please contact Sara Larsen for more information. 


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Flinn-Brown Award recipients recognized at annual Flinn-Brown Convention

Five dedicated Arizona leaders were honored May 3 by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at its annual Flinn-Brown Convention, which brings together Flinn-Brown Fellows for a day of learning and celebration.

The award winners include a current Arizona legislator, a decades-long public servant, and advocates for public health, rural Arizona, community colleges, youth services, and historic preservation in northern, central, and southern Arizona.

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Dynamics in Arizona voter turnout

Arizona’s population has grown dramatically since 1998, which is one reason that the state’s voter-registration numbers have increased. In 1998, the state counted some 4.89 million residents. By last year, the figure stood at approximately 7 million. The numbers may seem large, but in terms of voter registration and participation, Arizona lags most other states. Numerous organizations in the state work to increase civic participation through voting, including the office of the Arizona Secretary of State and the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.


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Civic Leadership

2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy application to open in spring

The 2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is set to begin in August 2020 and conclude in November 2020. The application for the next Flinn-Brown Academy will open in spring 2020. Every year, about 25 Arizonans are selected for membership in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in a highly competitive statewide process. Flinn-Brown builds Fellows’ expertise […]

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Award recipients recognized at annual Flinn-Brown Convention

Five dedicated Arizona leaders were honored May 3 by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at its annual Flinn-Brown Convention, which brings together Flinn-Brown Fellows for a day of learning and celebration. The award winners include a current Arizona legislator, a decades-long public servant, and advocates for public health, rural Arizona, community colleges, youth services, […]

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Chad Marchand dedicates career to serving tribal nations

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation Chad Marchand is a businessman and economic developer, a broker and networker, a community and civic leader, and a multi-degreed student with a zeal for spreading educational opportunities for Native Americans. Marchand is also a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, raised in Omak, a small town in north-central Washington on […]

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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership names 30 Fellows for 2019 Flinn-Brown Academy

Thirty Arizonans have been selected for the 2019 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation. In addition to representatives from the Phoenix metro area, eight of the Flinn-Brown Fellows are from northern, eastern, and southern Arizona, including Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Superior, Casa Grande, Tucson, and Sierra […]