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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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Come learn about Arizona’s complex public issues: CivEx 2020 registration now open

The Arizona Civic Exchange, or CivEx, is seeking Arizonans eager to learn about and discuss today’s complex public issues to increase their civic impact.

The program, presented by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation, will be held on Thursdays Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13. Each session will be held between 12:30 and 4 p.m. at the Flinn Foundation, 1802 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

There is no cost to participate. Each session has a separate registration.

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Flinn-Brown Fellow and Flinn Scholar Sarah Coles advocates for today’s patients and tomorrow’s doctors

Dr. Sarah Coles is caring for the residents of Arizona in countless ways.

Coles, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, is a physician, educator, curriculum developer, policy expert, a member of state and national boards, and overall advocate for patient health.

And this all happens one mile south of North High School in central Phoenix, where Coles was selected as a Flinn Scholar in 2002 and chose to attend the University of Arizona—sparking a lifelong commitment to the health of the state.

“I use the skills I learned in Flinn-Brown every single day,” Coles says. “Physicians have to advocate in the exam room for patients and have to advocate in the health care system.” [Read more]


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DataAZ | Voting innovation across the nation

Voting experiences and mechanics are far from simple, static, or uniform. The federal government, states, counties, municipalities, and civic organizations play various parts in many types of elections, especially with the rise of real and imagined concerns about access and security. Administrative choices, court decisions, and legislation over decades have produced a decentralized public/private complex that differs from state to state.

Learn more in “Choices, mechanics, and competition: The many facets of voting in Arizona.”


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Diana Gomez giving back to Yuma County as public health director

Diana Gomez has spent a lifetime living in—and a career serving—Yuma County.

Gomez, a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, was born and raised in Yuma and has worked for the county’s public health district for 22 years, including the last seven as chief health officer.  

As chief health officer and director of public health for Yuma County, Gomez oversees efforts to prevent epidemics and the spread of communicable diseases, advocate health policies, enforce public health law, and protect against environmental hazards. [Read more]


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Flinn-Brown Fellows, former Flinn Foundation staff appointed by governor to high-ranking state positions

Two Flinn-Brown Fellows and the former senior program manager of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation were recently appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to new high-level state positions. Ducey appointed Flinn-Brown Fellow Daniel Ruiz as the state’s chief operating officer and Fellow Trista Guzman-Glover as the director of boards and commissions. […]

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Flinn-Brown Fellow and Flinn Scholar Sarah Coles advocates for today’s patients and tomorrow’s doctors

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation Dr. Sarah Coles is caring for the residents of Arizona in countless ways. Coles, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, is a physician, educator, curriculum developer, policy expert, a member of state and national boards, and overall advocate for patient health. And this all happens one mile south of North High School in central […]

Civic Leadership

Come learn about Arizona’s complex public issues: CivEx 2020 registration now open

The Arizona Civic Exchange, or CivEx, is seeking Arizonans eager to learn about and discuss today’s complex public issues to increase their civic impact. The program, presented by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation, will be held on Thursdays Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13. Each session will […]

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Diana Gomez giving back to Yuma County as public health director

Diana Gomez has spent a lifetime living in—and a career serving—Yuma County. Gomez, a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow, was born and raised in Yuma and has worked for the county’s public health district for 22 years, including the last seven as chief health officer.   As chief health officer and director of public health […]