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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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A partnership to measure Arizona's progress on civic participation and connected communities—and act.
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Civic Leadership

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 by convening Arizona’s leadership-development organizations to advance the goal of building strong leaders in every community in the state.


Civic Leadership

Rep. Joanne Osborne encourages Fellows to be part of your community

Rep. Joanne Osborne, a 2012 Flinn-Brown Fellow from Goodyear representing Legislative District 13, talks about the importance of listening to people’s concerns and being a part of the community as one prepares to run for office.

Osborne, who previously served on the Goodyear City Council, is a supporter of a bill to benefit the state’s parks, trails, and historic places. She is also a supporter of the Flinn-Brown Network, which she credits for success in her first run for the Arizona Legislature. [Read More]


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CivEx webinar highlights the state of Arizona nonprofits

Kristen Merrifield, CEO of Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, facilitated a CivEx conversation on the state of Arizona nonprofits one year after the start of COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined by nonprofit leaders Robert Ashcraft and Flinn-Brown Fellows Nora Hannah, Naketa Ross, and Elyse Guidas.

Learn about the pandemic’s impact on nonprofit organizations, the current challenges they face to fulfill their missions, and a macro-level outlook for the future of the sector. [Watch presentation]


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CivEx webinar spotlights Arizona Dreamers & community leaders

A CivEx webinar in March spotlighted how Arizona Dreamers are vital for the state’s economic prosperity and educational achievement goals while offering societal contributions to our state and nation.

The event was hosted by 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow and Aliento Founder and CEO Reyna Montoya and featured a cross-section of Arizona’s business, political, education, and philanthropic community leaders, reflecting the importance of cross-sector collaboration. [Watch presentation]


Civic Leadership

Civic Health Progress Meters to guide data-driven dialogue

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation and the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) have announced a partnership to bring together partners in data-driven dialogue about civic life today in Arizona.

This new partnership will be driven by use of the Civic Health Progress Meters of Civic Participation and Connected Communities, part of the Arizona Progress Meters launched by CFA to measure progress and frame conversations. The organizations will identify opportunities for action that will ensure more Arizonans are engaged in creating solutions for their communities and a stronger future for our state. [Learn More]


News and Updates

Civic Leadership

Rep. Joanne Osborne encourages Fellows to be part of your community

Joanne Osborne Member Arizona House of Representatives LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook 1.  What suggestions would you have for Fellows interested in running for office? Get out and be part of your community! Lend a helping hand, go to council and school-board meetings. Listen to what people are concerned about and never believe that you do not have the […]

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April 2021 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace In a recent staff meeting, my coworkers and I were challenged to share our favorite sports hero. While I live with two sports fanatics—one I married, the other I birthed—I don’t know many current players in professional sports. Of course, I know the big names like Jordan, Ali, Billie Jean King—but […]

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Rep. Daniel Hernandez working alongside Fellows at Arizona Legislature

Daniel Hernandez, Jr. State Representative Legislative District 2 Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook 1.  What suggestions would you have for Fellows interested in running for office? I would suggest reaching out to sitting elected officials, particularly those that are Flinn-Brown Fellows. Many of us […]

Civic Leadership

March 2021 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace In 2011, the original vision of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership imagined that building leadership capacity in Arizona should be paired equally with robust civic learning and community outreach to build a groundswell of support for civic life, and with resources for statewide collaborations to link statewide or local leadership […]