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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.


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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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Registration available for May 25 CivEx on Prop. 400 extension

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership’s next CivEx webinar will focus on recent bipartisan efforts to extend Proposition 400, the regional tax for transportation set to expire in 2025.

The webinar, which will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on  Wednesday, May 25, will be hosted by Valley Partnership President and CEO Cheryl Lombard. The event will feature Flinn-Brown Fellows Audra Koester Thomas (2011) and Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke (2014), who will provide insight into the new transportation investment plan approved by Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona Senator Tyler Pace, and Tim Bourcet, vice president of government and community affairs, Greater Phoenix Economic Council. [Register]


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Fellow Michelle Hess on leading as elected official, nonprofit executive

Michelle Hess exercises leadership in two domains: as a member of the Buckeye City Council, and as executive director of Leadership West, which builds connections among West Valley leaders and supports them in addressing the most important issues facing their communities.

In both roles, the 2013 Flinn-Brown Fellow from Buckeye emphasizes adaptiveness, flexibility, receptiveness, and communication to build working relationships with all parties. [Read more]


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Frances Sjoberg deeply involved in public policy as attorney for Navajo Nation

Frances Sjoberg recently left private practice at Lewis Roca to work in-house as a principal attorney for Navajo Nation Department of Justice’s Economic and Community Development Unit. She assists the Nation with gaming compact implementation, advises on election matters, and works to facilitate, finance, foster, and further business and economic activity on the Navajo Nation.

Sjoberg, a 2012 Flinn-Brown Fellow, said public policy is critical to every facet of her work as she advises on legislation, supports intergovernmental negotiations, and coordinates teams to further policy objectives. Her goal is to find a win-win in even the most intractable problems. [Read more]


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Frank McCune oversees city of Phoenix’s government relations

Frank McCune is the director of government relations for the city of Phoenix. In this role, he confers with the mayor, council members, city leadership and department heads to build and represent the city of Phoenix’s legislative priorities for the regional, state, and federal levels of government.

McCune, a 2011 Flinn-Brown Fellow, said public policy makers, business and community leaders, and neighborhood activists must create from consensus to form meaningful public policy. McCune said the Flinn-Brown Fellowship is helping to address the social connectedness and community engagement required for civic health. [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 […]

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. […]

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April 2022 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace In the mid-1970s, my family immigrated to the United States. I have very few happy memories of living in my birth country or leaving it. However, one charming memory persists to this day from our 14-hour transatlantic flight. Using all the food and airline swag at their disposal, the flight attendants […]

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Top Arizona students chosen for state’s most competitive and prestigious scholarship

Twenty Flinn Scholars to attend an Arizona university The 2022 Flinn Scholarship, which provides a full ride for college at one of Arizona’s public universities, has been awarded to 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving students. The Flinn Scholars Program, supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with Arizona’s three state universities, covers the cost of […]