Flinn-Brown Fellowship

Karen Francis-Begay, the University of Arizona president’s tribal liaison, receives the Arizona Champion, Southern Arizona award from Rachel Yanof at the 2018 Flinn-Brown Convention.

Arizona needs your leadership.
Apply for Flinn-Brown.

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship helps experienced civic leaders from throughout Arizona expand their knowledge, skills, and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

The Flinn-Brown Fellowship offers:
 ● Unparalleled learning about Arizona policy and politics;
 ● Connections with top state leaders and policy experts;
 ● Membership in the powerful Flinn-Brown Network; and
 ● Long-term support for civic-leadership development.

About 25 Arizonans are selected each year for the Flinn-Brown Fellowship in a highly competitive process.

Flinn-Brown is intense, challenging, rewarding, and lasting. Flinn-Brown Fellows experience up-to-the moment seminars, long-term support, and participation in the formal Flinn-Brown Network—a powerful body drawn from across all cohorts over the past decade.

The application period for the upcoming Flinn-Brown Fellowship will open April 6 and close April 27. The 2020 seminars will begin in August. Learn more about the application process and stay up-to-date by receiving our emails.

Who becomes a Flinn-Brown Fellow?

Flinn-Brown Fellows are experienced civic leaders from across Arizona with broad diversity amongst perspectives, politics, and policy interest. Flinn-Brown Fellows are often seen as experts in their fields and leaders in Arizona’s urban, rural, and tribal communities. They represent various sectors of Arizona’s economy from business and industry to nonprofit and government. View the Flinn-Brown Directory to find Fellows in your field or area.

Diversity of opinion and experience is fundamental to Flinn-Brown. Fellows learn from one another and share a commitment to working across perspectives which enhances the Flinn-Brown Network. 

Fellows also commit to expanding their state-level public service in the near term with a number of potential destinations:

Destinations for Flinn-Brown Fellows

Flinn-Brown Fellowship seminars at a glance

  • Highly Competitive: A diverse group of strong leaders from throughout Arizona apply for Flinn-Brown each year. The application for the 2020 seminars will open April 6.
  • Intense Experience: Fourteen full-day seminars on Fridays and Saturdays, plus pre- and post-seminar reading and resources.
  • Tuition-free: There is no cost to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. Mileage reimbursement and hotel accommodations are provided for participants outside of Maricopa County. Meals, refreshments, social activities, and supplies are provided.
  • Nonpartisan Seminars: The focus is on policy, politics, and solutions to Arizona’s pressing challenges. Interactive sessions include essential facts and figures, examination of policy choices, and articulation of key perspectives.
  • Exceptional Presenters: They include highly experienced elected and appointed officials, judges, executives, scholars, and other experts engaged in decision-making at highest levels, plus political analysis from active state-level practitioners.
  • Personal Growth: Offering unique components for assessment and practice of leadership, skills-focused learning events, individualized connections, long-term support, and leadership opportunities.
  • Great Expectations: All Fellows should achieve state-level civic leadership within a few years and offer and receive support from the Flinn-Brown Network beyond the seminar series.

2020 Schedule and Topics

August 2020
Thursday, August 6:
Friday, August 7: Government & Budget
Saturday, August 8: Economy & Demographics
Friday, August 21: Health & Health Care
Saturday, August 22: Growth & Transportation

September 2020
Friday, September 11: Water, Land, & Resources
Saturday, September 12: Developing Leaders
Friday, September 18: All-Fellows Convention

October 2020
Friday, October 2: PreK-12 Education
Saturday, October 3: Higher Ed & Attainment
Friday, October 16: Criminal Justice
Saturday, October 17: Fellows’ Projects
Friday, October 30: Human Services
Saturday, October 31: Civic Workforce

November 2020
Friday, November 13: Recognition Reception

(Schedule subject to change due to COVID-19)

For more information, please contact Sara Larsen at slarsen@flinn.org.