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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 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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Meet the newest Flinn-Brown Fellows

Thirty Arizonans have been selected for the 2019 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, a Flinn Foundation program that has helped develop hundreds of state-level civic leaders.

The 2019 cohort members come from the Phoenix metro area, plus Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Superior, Casa Grande, Tucson, and Sierra Vista, and represent the private and public sectors in business and industry, government, nonprofits and education. The non-partisan Flinn-Brown Academy thrives on the diversity of opinion and experience found in each cohort. [Read more]


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Marie Raymond uses early-education expertise in Tempe public service

The success of young children has been a passion for Marie Raymond through a career that has taken her from the Rhode Island Philharmonic to the cities of Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe.

Raymond, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, oversees education and senior services for the city of Tempe as human services manager and is active on the national, state, regional, and local levels promoting early childhood education. [Read more]


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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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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 […]

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Marie Raymond uses early-education expertise in Tempe public service

By Brian Powell Flinn Foundation The success of young children has been a passion for Marie Raymond through a career that has taken her from the Rhode Island Philharmonic to the cities of Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe. Raymond, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, oversees education and senior services for the city of Tempe as human services manager […]

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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership names Flinn-Brown Award recipients

Five high-impact leaders from throughout Arizona were honored Sept. 22 in Phoenix at the Flinn-Brown Convention, a celebration of civic leadership and public service hosted by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. The individual winners of the Flinn-Brown Awards at the second annual Convention have made significant contributions to Arizona as state-government advisers, elected officials, […]

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Matt Walsh brings awareness of Fort Huachuca’s mission and impact to Arizona policymakers

By Brian Powell Flinn Foundation Matt Walsh describes Fort Huachuca as “not on the beaten path to anywhere.” But that is an advantage for the military base’s mission and United States national security, even as it adds layers of significance and challenge to Walsh’s role as the executive liaison assistant to the installation Commanding General […]