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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Arizona's premier fellowship program of learning and support for state-level public service.
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The Flinn-Brown application is open. Apply by Feb. 28.
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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.


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown application opens. Apply by Feb. 28

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is seeking about 25 Arizonans to participate in the 2023 Flinn-Brown Academy and join the statewide network of more than 400 Flinn-Brown Fellows—leaders from all walks of life and perspectives.

Following a highly competitive application and interview process, the experienced leaders will be selected to participate in 11 full-day sessions of the Flinn-Brown Academy, starting in August, and expand their knowledge, skills, and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

The Flinn-Brown application opened Feb. 1. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. [Learn more]


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

February info sessions set for potential Flinn-Brown applicants

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership will host three virtual and three in-person information sessions in February to answer questions from potential applicants of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

The three remaining virtual information sessions are scheduled for Feb. 7, 21, and 28 starting at 9 a.m. The in-person information sessions are scheduled for Feb. 10 in Cottonwood and Flagstaff and Feb. 14 at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. The deadline to apply for the 2023 Flinn-Brown Academy is Feb. 28. 


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Ryan Gregg offers cybersecurity services to public and private sectors

Ryan Gregg, a 2015 Flinn-Brown Fellow from Scottsdale, is the president of Gregg Global Group, a global advisory company that serves both the public and private sector with expertise in proactive and incident related cybersecurity services, regulatory compliance, and a comprehensive suite of solutions surrounding litigation and regulatory investigation related discovery and data analytics.

Gregg said being a member of the Flinn-Brown Network has provided a deep understanding of our state’s history and challenges, along with access to a network of esteemed leaders who keep him on top of current challenges we face as a state. [Read more]


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Ryan Smith builds cross-government partnerships for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Ryan Smith leads communications and government relations for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The 2013 Flinn-Brown Fellow works to ensure Gateway’s positive impact on the community and contribution to economic development, and finds himself interacting with policymakers and regulators at all levels of government, from local municipalities to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Smith says being part of the Fellows Network provides a common bond with other leaders as they come together to address challenges. [Read more]


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Matthew Herman: A life of service and business in Casa Grande

Matthew Herman is the general manager of Norris RV, his family’s RV dealership and repair shop in Casa Grande. The 2019 Flinn-Brown Fellow and third-generation Arizonan also serves on the Casa Grande City Council, where he weighs the needs of all stakeholders in setting public policy for his community. Herman has served on the council since 2008.

Herman, a lifelong resident of Casa Grande, said the Flinn-Brown Network has been invaluable, especially helping the Pinal County resident feel more connected to statewide policy and decision-making and enabling him to make a difference. [Read more]


Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

Aliento founder Reyna Montoya advances justice for immigrant communities

Reyna Montoya is a social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, and dancer who works to advance justice for immigrant communities. She is the founder and CEO of Aliento, which serves undocumented, DACA, and mixed-immigration status families.

Montoya, a 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow from Gilbert, said that she sees great opportunity to invest in the civic education and participation of Arizonans beyond elections, helping to ensure that residents feel able to participate in their communities. [Read more]


News and Updates

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown application opens. Apply by Feb. 28

For more than a decade, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has offered the premier statewide civic-leadership program for experienced Arizona leaders to expand their knowledge, put their connections to use, and make a difference in their communities. Now is the time to apply. The application is open to join the […]

Flinn-Brown Fellow Ryan Gregg

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Fellow Ryan Gregg offers cybersecurity services to public and private sectors

Fellows Spotlight Ryan Gregg(Scottsdale, 2015) PresidentGregg Global Group LinkedIn | Twitter | Email 1. Can you please describe your work and how public policy impacts how you manage your organization? Gregg Global Group is a global advisory company that serves both the public and private sector. We integrate the most effective and efficient combination of people, process […]

Civic Leadership

January 2023 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace Welcome to 2023, Fellows! In the words of the great American philospher Oprah Winfrey, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right!” I’ve got a lot to share about the Fellowship this month, so I’ve decided to forgo my normal musings. All I’ll say is, Go […]

Civic Leadership

December 2022 Network News

Thoughts from Dawn Wallace As I sit down (literally) to write this final message to Fellows for the year, the end credits are rolling on the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It took six goals,120 minutes, and a penalty-kick shootout to close the door on what was quite possibly the most exciting final of any World […]