About the Center

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

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation works to increase the number of Arizonans involved in civic life through a number of public programs.

The Center, which has provided nonpartisan, independent programming since 2011, 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:

  • The Flinn-Brown Fellowship, the Center’s flagship program, which annually selects a cohort of Arizona leaders for the Flinn-Brown Academy on Arizona policy and politics and participation in the Flinn-Brown Network. The Fellowship provides strong civic leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address Arizona’s long-term challenges;
  • CivEx, or Arizona Civic Exchange, helps Arizonans deepen their commitment to public service, grapple with complex problems, and explore different viewpoints through monthly virtual public policy seminars.
  • The Civic Leadership Collaborative convenes leadership-development groups from throughout Arizona to build connections and work together on common priorities. 

The Flinn Foundation administers all programs of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. The Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson partners with Flinn to support the Flinn-Brown Fellowship.