Flinn Foundation

Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

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

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The Center’s cornerstone initiative which includes participation in the Flinn-Brown Academy and Flinn-Brown Network.
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Meet the 465 Fellows who make up the Flinn-Brown Network through this searchable directory.
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Join us for 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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Meet the 2024 Flinn-Brown Fellows, learn about their careers and public service, and the communities they serve.
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An annual gathering of Flinn-Brown Fellows to make connections while learning about public service from policy experts and Fellows.

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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, engagement, and leadership-development programs. Flinn Young Leaders emphasizes civic learning and skill-building and helps teens imagine paths to making a difference. CivEx delivers educational programming for the public to become better-informed on Arizona policy and political topics. The Civic Leadership Collaborative and the Arizona Civic Life Partnership convene organizations that strengthen civic participation and connected communities. The Center’s cornerstone, the prestigious Flinn-Brown Fellowship, is an immersive experience for community leaders from diverse backgrounds. Fellows engage in rich discussions with policymakers and political experts; join a robust professional network; and gain understanding of how to address Arizona’s most pressing issues through public service. 


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Leadership Forward podcast features physician and Fellow Dr. Nick Vasquez

Dr. Nick Vasquez, a 2016 Flinn-Brown Fellow and emergency physician in the East Valley, speaks with host Dawn Wallace of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation for this eighth episode of the Leadership Forward for a Better Arizona podcast.

Vasquez, who serves as a Vitalyst Health Foundation trustee among other community service roles, talks about his experiences in the emergency department and how it is representative of the community and public policy, diversity and equity in health care, reading as an indicator of future health behaviors, changes in physician recruitment strategies, and his love of chess. [Listen]


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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership announces its 2024 Flinn-Brown Fellows

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation’s leadership program—dedicated to state-level policy and politics and forging professional connections—has selected 28 Arizonans as 2024 Flinn-Brown Fellows.

The 16th cohort of the nonpartisan Flinn-Brown Fellowship includes leaders from the private and public sector, elected officials, founders of nonprofit organizations and companies, physicians, lawyers, educators and more.

The 2024 Fellows will participate in the fall Flinn-Brown Academy, an intensive public policy institute, which begins with the Flinn-Brown Convention. The Flinn-Brown Network now includes 465 Fellows from rural, urban, and tribal communities. [Read more]


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2024 Flinn-Brown Convention reveals theme of collaboration

The annual Flinn-Brown Convention—a Fellows-only event for the 465 members of the Flinn-Brown Network—will be held on Friday, Aug.16 at On Jackson in Phoenix.

The all-day event will focus on the theme, “Collaboration: A Network That Invokes Change,” and will feature a panel discussion with two federal judges, moderated by Flinn-Brown Fellows Alesia Ash and Christine Thompson. The winners of the annual Flinn-Brown Awards will be announced as well.

Fellows-only registration and award nomination forms are now available. [Learn more]


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Polling expert Mike Noble hosts CivEx webinar on 2024 Arizona elections

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation hosted a CivEx webinar May 15 featuring election-year insights from nationally recognized polling expert Mike Noble, founder & CEO of Noble Predictive Insights, a nonpartisan public opinion polling, market research, and data analytics firm in Phoenix.

Noble offered data-driven perspectives on voter behavior and emerging trends crucial to Arizona’s key 2024 elections. The webinar and presentation are available for viewing and download. [View webinar]


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Edgar Soto: A veteran, coach, and educator with lifetime ties to Pima County 

Flinn-Brown Fellow Edgar Soto is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Tucson. His family has been in Pima County for generations, before it was even part of the United States. He likes to say, “We didn’t cross any borders, the borders crossed us.”

Soto’s deep roots in his community, including serving the past 27 years at Pima Community College, have led him to run for the Pima County Board of Supervisors in District 3 this November. Being a veteran, coach and educator has taught Soto that good leadership comes from listening and trust and advocating for those in need. [Read more]


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Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson joins Leadership Forward podcast

In this seventh episode of the Leadership Forward for a Better Arizona podcast, host Dawn Wallace of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation is joined by Arizona Corporation Commissioner and 2011 Flinn-Brown Fellow Lea Márquez Peterson, the first Latina elected to statewide office in Arizona.

Peterson talks about her early career as an entrepreneur in Tucson and how that led to her leading the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and eventually being appointed, and then elected, to the Arizona Corporation Commission. The conversation also covers energy reliability, Arizona’s energy policy, running for statewide office, her current re-election campaign, and the value of the Flinn-Brown Network. [Listen]


News and Updates

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Flinn Foundation names new leaders as longtime executive retires

Brad Halvorsen joined the Flinn Foundation in 1989 as its first communications employee. After 35 years of service to the foundation and Arizona, including nearly a decade as executive vice president, Halvorsen retires June 14. Halvorsen’s departure prompts two other executive leadership changes. Vice President, Communications Matt Ellsworth has been promoted to chief administrative officer, […]

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May 2024 Network News

It’s been a crazy busy month at the Center!

Our biggest news was the announcement of the 2024 Flinn-Brown Fellows – 28 remarkable individuals who are now part of other prestigious Flinn-Brown Network. The 16th cohort includes leaders from nine counties, spanning the private and public sectors, elected officials, nonprofit founders, physicians, lawyers, educators, and more.

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Jane Strain

“The biggest impact of Flinn-Brown … for me is through the people. The fact that you can use that network to launch yourself into all sorts of other fields, like working with nonprofits, working with veterans, running for office, or being on any staff. I think it gives you that exposure, a lot of skills for all those things.” 

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CivEx: 2024 Election Preview

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership hosted CivEx webinar featuring election-year insights from nationally recognized polling expert Mike Noble, founder & CEO of Noble Predictive Insights, a nonpartisan public opinion polling, market research, and data analytics firm in Phoenix.