Flinn-Brown FAQs

  • What is the Flinn-Brown Academy timeline?
    The 12 full-day Flinn-Brown Academy sessions, including the annual Convention, are presented each fall. The 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows were announced in May.      

    2022 Flinn-Brown Academy Schedule

    August 2022 
    Thursday, August 11 : Economy & Demographics/Meet-and-Greet 
    Friday, August 12: Government and Budget 
    Friday, August 26:  PreK-12 Education 
    Saturday, August 27: Higher Education  

    September 2022 
    Thursday, September 8: Public Health and Health Care 
    Friday, September 9:  Human Services
    Friday, September 23:  Environment 
    Saturday, September 24:  Infrastructure

    October 2022
    Thursday, October 6: Criminal Justice 
    Friday, October 7: Communications and Media Relations
    Friday, October 14:  Civic Participation/Fellows Projects and Recognition Reception
    Friday, November 4:  Annual Convention at Desert Botanical Garden
    (Schedule subject to change)

    Application Timeline
  • Who is selected to be a Flinn-Brown Fellow?
    Flinn-Brown Fellows are emerging civic leaders from across Arizona with broadly diverse perspectives, politics, and policy interests. Fellows are experts in their fields and are leaders in Arizona’s urban, rural, and tribal communities. They represent sectors of Arizona’s economy from business and industry to nonprofit and government. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship targets individuals working to address Arizona’s most challenging issues who want deeper knowledge and experience, a connected, diverse network, enhanced leadership skills, and a collaborative atmosphere.
  • What are the benefits of the Flinn-Brown Fellowship?
    The Flinn-Brown Fellowship provides opportunities for civic leaders from throughout Arizona to expand their knowledge, skills and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues. The Flinn-Brown Fellowship offers unparalleled learning through the Flinn-Brown Academy with a cohort, skill-building workshops, and an annual convention. Fellows connect with top state leaders and policy experts.
  • What are the benefits of joining the Flinn-Brown Network?
    Flinn-Brown provides personalized long-term support for all Fellows and encourages participation in the Flinn-Brown Network through skill-building workshops and the annual Flinn-Brown Convention. The Flinn-Brown Network is a powerful body of more than 400 Fellows who provide support to one another.
  • What are the application requirements?
    The 2022 application included four essay prompts regarding the applicant’s civic-leadership experience, approach to a policy issue, future civic-leadership goals, and a response to today’s political climate. Applicants, who must reside in Arizona, also submitted two letters of endorsement, a current resume, and a 20-second introductory video regarding their interest in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. In addition, applicants are required to confirm their ability to attend all Academy sessions, and candidates who qualify for an interview must submit an employer approval form completed by the candidate’s employer. 
  • Who is ineligible to apply?
    The Flinn-Brown Fellowship is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.
  • Is there an interview process?
    Yes. A limited number of applicants are selected for an interview with the Flinn-Brown Selection Committee.
  • When are applicants notified about selection decisions?
    All applicants, whether invited to interview or not, are notified of their status after a review committee completes its work. The applicants who are invited to in-person interviews with the Flinn-Brown Selection Committee are notified whether they have been selected as Flinn-Brown Fellows within a week or two.       
  • Who should write letters of endorsement?
    Applicants should seek letters of endorsement from individuals who can provide deep insight on the applicant’s background, past leadership experience, potential for greater civic leadership, and readiness to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. These letters are a vital element of the selection process, and we encourage candor and depth from endorsers. Endorsement letters should be submitted with the application.
  • When do I have to submit my Employer Approval Form?
    All candidates who qualify for an interview will be asked at that time to submit the Employer Approval Form completed by the candidate’s employer. The form is not part of the application. 
  • Is the Academy in-person or is there a virtual option?
    All Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy seminar days are held in-person at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix.
  • Is there a cost for the Fellowship?
    There is no cost to participate in the Flinn-Brown Fellowship. The Flinn Foundation, with support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, covers the cost of participation and supplies for Fellows in the current cohort.
  • What if I live outside of Maricopa County?
    Hotel accommodations for those attending the Flinn-Brown Academy from outside Maricopa County are provided. Mileage is reimbursed for travelers and carpooling from across the state is encouraged.
  • Are there time commitments outside of the Flinn-Brown Academy sessions?
    Yes. Fellows should plan for prep time before each Flinn-Brown Academy session. Pre-reading the material provided is extremely important. Fellows are also expected to prepare to engage in thoughtful discussions and deep dialogue. Additionally, teams will have opportunities during the sessions to collaborate on projects but may need to meet at other times to complete the projects.
  • What if I have to miss a Flinn-Brown Academy session or weekend?
    Fellows will be required to confirm their ability to attend all Flinn-Brown Academy sessions as participation is a key component of the program. 
  • Does the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership help Fellows’ political activities?
    In any of its activities, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership cannot participate in or donate to a campaign for public office or a ballot measure, or lobby on specific pieces of legislation.