Flinn-Brown Academy

Flinn-Brown Academy at a glance

  • Prestigious Peers: The diverse Fellows chosen from throughout Arizona each year for Flinn-Brown are recognized broadly as strong leaders ready to go further.
  • Rich Experience: The Fellowship begins with 12 full-day Academy sessions on Thursdays and Fridays, with supplementary readings tied to seminar topics, and participation in the annual Flinn-Brown Convention.
  • 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 and supplies for seminar days are provided.
  • Nonpartisan Design: 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, executives, judges, 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 self-assessment and practice of leadership, skills-focused learning events, individualized connections, long-term support, and leadership opportunities.
  • Great Expectations: All Fellows commit to advance toward their civic-leadership goals in the near term, and to offer and seek support from colleagues in the Flinn-Brown Network beyond the Flinn-Brown Academy.

2023 Flinn-Brown Academy Schedule

The Academy sessions are typically held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a few evening events:

August 2023 
Thursday, August 10: Economy & Demographics with Meet-and-Greet (evening event) 
Friday, August 11: Government and Budget  
Thursday, August 24:  PreK-12 Education  
Friday, August 25: Higher Education   

September 2023  
Thursday, September 7: Public Health and Health Care  (with evening social hour)
Friday, September 8:  Human Services 
Thursday, September 21:  Environment  
Friday, September 22:  Infrastructure 

October 2023 
Thursday, October 5: Criminal Justice  (with evening social hour)
Friday, October 6: Communications and Media Relations 
Friday, October 13:  Civic Participation/Fellows Projects and Recognition Reception (evening event) 

November 2023
Friday, November 3: Annual Convention  
(Schedule subject to change) 

About 25 Arizonans are selected each year for the Fellowship in a highly competitive application and interview process.

The 2023 Flinn-Brown Academy application will open on February 1, 2023. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.  More details are available on our FAQs page.

For more information, contact Jennifer Papworth.

Stay up-to-date about the Flinn-Brown Fellowship and future application timelines, as well as additional Arizona Center for Civic Leadership programming and news, by joining our email list.