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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Enhancing civic life in Arizona through education, engagement, and leadership programs.

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Arizona's premier fellowship program of learning and support for state-level public service.
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Meet the more than 400 Fellows who make up the Flinn-Brown Network through this searchable directory.
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Monthly virtual public policy seminars emphasizing learning and discussion.
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A partnership to measure Arizona's progress on civic participation and connected communities—and act.
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A statewide resource for organizations interested and involved in strengthening civic leadership.
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The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation enhances civic life in Arizona through civic education, leadership, and engagement programs. The Arizona Civic Exchange—CivEx—creates opportunities for the public to become better informed and educated on political and policy topics impacting their communities. The prestigious Flinn-Brown Fellowship fosters civic leaders in Arizona by building knowledge, skills, and a robust network to find solutions for Arizona’s long-term issues. The Center promotes civic engagement through the Civic Leadership Collaborative and the Arizona Civic Life Partnership by convening organizations committed to generating public discussion about the critical importance of civic participation and connected communities to effective civic leadership—and our broader prosperity and quality of life.


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Amanda Lomayesva serves as general counsel for Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Amanda Lomayesva is the general counsel for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Gaming and Tribal Enterprise Divisions, Casino Del Sol, AVA Amphitheater, and Sewailo Golf Club. In her position, Lomayesva advises the enterprises, reviews agreements, and works on gaming compact related issues.

The 2015 Flinn-Brown Fellow believes working toward full engagement in the election process, making sure Arizona keeps voting as accessible to all Arizonans, including tribal members and those living in remote parts of the state, is of utmost importance and an important opportunity. [Read more]


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Watch: CivEx discusses state’s effort to address digital equity 

Flinn-Brown Fellow Erin Carr-Jordan hosted a deep dive June 22 into how the state is addressing its focused approach to achieving digital equity, including leveraging technology to connect the under and unconnected and improve process efficiencies.

She was joined by a panel representing state and national organizations engaged in strategic initiatives to increase connectivity, including Flinn-Brown Fellow Mignonne Hollis, executive director, Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation; Derek Masseth, executive director, Sun Corridor Network; Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., president & CEO, League for Innovation in Community Colleges; Angela Siefer, executive director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance; and Jeff Sobotka, vice president & state broadband director, Arizona Commerce Authority. [Watch video]


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NAU researcher, HonorHealth physician join Flinn Foundation board of directors

A leading Northern Arizona University researcher and a Scottsdale pulmonologist who serves in HonorHealth leadership have been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

The election of Julie Baldwin, Ph.D., Regents Professor of health sciences and the founding director of NAU’s Center for Health Equity Research, and Dr. Alpa Shah, a physician who serves on the HonorHealth board of directors and as chief of staff at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, increases the number of Flinn Foundation board members to 10. [Read more]


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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership chooses 27 leaders for Flinn-Brown Fellowship

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has selected the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows, 27 leaders who will participate in Arizona’s most prestigious leadership program on state policy and politics.

Members of the 14th cohort of Flinn-Brown Fellows, bringing together diverse political perspectives, experience, and policy interests, represent nine Arizona counties, including the first Flinn-Brown Fellow from La Paz County. About half of the cohort is from outside the Phoenix area, including Flagstaff, Page, Prescott, Quartzsite, Saint David, San Tan Valley, Sonoita, Tucson, and Yuma.

Becoming a Flinn-Brown Fellow brings membership in the distinguished Flinn-Brown Network and participation in the Flinn-Brown Academy. [Read more]


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Rep. Morgan Abraham, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, represents Tucson in Arizona House

Morgan Abraham is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD-10 in Tucson. He is also managing partner at ABECAP, a real estate investment firm specializing in affordable housing development, and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Abraham says the Flinn-Brown Network has enabled him to call on friends who are subject area experts for advice on bills introduced at the Arizona Legislature. The 2014 Flinn-Brown Fellow from Tucson says bipartisan groups like Flinn-Brown are the key to strengthening civic health and exactly what our country needs. [Read more]


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Collage of headshots of the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows

Civic Leadership

Arizona Center for Civic Leadership chooses statewide leaders for Flinn-Brown Fellowship

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has selected the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows, 27 leaders who will participate in Arizona’s most prestigious leadership program on state policy and politics. Members of the 14th cohort of Flinn-Brown Fellows, bringing together diverse political perspectives, experience, and policy interests, currently serve in the private and […]

Amanda Lomayesva

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Amanda Lomayesva serves as general counsel for Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Amanda Lomayesva  (Tucson, 2015) Twitter | LinkedIn 1. Can you please describe your work and how public policy impacts how you manage your organization? I am the general counsel for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Gaming and Tribal Enterprise Divisions, Casino Del Sol, AVA Amphitheater, and Sewailo Golf Club. In my position, I advise the enterprises, […]

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Rep. Morgan Abraham, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, represents Tucson in Arizona House

Rep. Morgan Abraham (Tucson, 2014) TwitterLinkedIn 1. Can you please describe your work and how public policy impacts how you manage your organization? I am a member of the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD-10 in Tucson. 2. Do you have a favorite quote that is meaningful to you? “Americans can always be trusted to do […]

Michelle Hess

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Fellow Michelle Hess on leading as elected official, nonprofit executive

Michelle Hess (Buckeye, 2013)Executive Director, Leadership West Inc. LinkedIn 1. Can you please describe your work and how public policy impacts how you manage your organization? I have the privilege of two roles that are impacted by public policy—one as a Councilmember for the city of Buckeye and one as the executive director of Leadership West. […]