About the Center

Arizona State Capitol Building. Photo by Gage Skidmore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/)

Established by the Flinn Foundation, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership works to increase the number of Arizonans involved in civic life. The Center has been providing nonpartisan, independent civic-leadership programming since 2011.

The Center views civic leadership as requiring clear vision, deep knowledge, hard work, and a willingness to bridge differences to build consensus on solutions that advance our state. Programs of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership include:

  • Flinn-Brown Fellowship, helping to expand the cadre of future state-level leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address Arizona’s long-term challenges;
  • CivEx 2020, a short course on Arizona issues and public life;
  • CivEx Online, presenting briefings, data, perspectives, who’s who, and what’s happening on Arizona issues.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellowship is April 27.

The Center is also exploring new measures to gauge the status of civic leadership, public perspectives, and Arizona’s “civic workforce,” as well as Civic R&D—examining and raising the profile of exemplary national programs and experts on innovation in civic life, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurism.

The Flinn Foundation administers all programs of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, with support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson.