Below are highlights from the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation’s 2021 annual report, as well as annual reports from previous years.
2021 Flinn-Brown Fellowship
- Successfully concluded the Flinn-Brown Academy for the 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellows, with 11 sessions offered between Aug. 20 and Oct. 29, seven of which were in person.
- Coordinated monthly leadership activities for the Fellows during the first five months of the year, including exclusive meetings with Senator Jon Kyl, Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, and Congressman Tom O’Halleran.
- Offered three skills workshops, including “How to Run for Office.”
- Hosted the 2020 Fellows Meet-and-Greet evening reception in August to feature Ann Morton’s exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, “Violet Protest.”
- Formalized the nine-member Fellows Council with a new charter that includes terms, duties, and responsibilities.
- The 2021 Flinn-Brown Convention, with the theme “Media and the Message,” was held Nov. 12 at the Heard Museum. The program included keynotes from respected national correspondents, moderated panels, and media-training workshops and the unveiling of a video marking the 10th anniversary of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
- An updated Fellows Directory, featuring nearly 400 Flinn-Brown Fellows, was distributed at the Convention.
- Developed nine CivEx sessions on timely subjects with partners from the business, nonprofit, and government sectors including Aliento, the Arizona Nonprofit Alliance, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and LISC Phoenix.
- Sponsored the 2021 AAWGEC Annual Summit—Celebrate, Elevate, Sustain: Health & Well-Being for African American Women & Girls in Arizona. The half-day, virtual program included multiple keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions.
- Produced a 2021 Legislative Wrap-up and 2022 Legislative Preview for a Fellows-only audience.
- Collaborated with the Flinn Scholars Program at the Flinn Foundation to produce the first Flinn Scholars Summer Policy Institute, with roughly 35 Scholars participating in a two-day session fashioned after the Flinn-Brown Academy.
- Participated in several civic engagement activities, including the Arizona Department of Education Civic Education Summit and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns annual conference.
- Applied for the 5-year, $10 million Stronger Democracy Award, along with Center for the Future of Arizona, and advanced through the first two evaluation rounds.
- Danielle Underwood was hired as the new Arizona Center for Civic Leadership program coordinator.
The 2020 annual report for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation highlights the selection of the 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellows, Flinn-Brown Network engagement, Fellows achievements, CivEx webinars, new partnerships, and the rebranding of the Center.
The Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2019 annual report provides a summary of the 2019 seminar series and its 30-person cohort, the 2019 Flinn-Brown Convention including its five honorees, the Flinn-Brown Fellows projects, the Flinn-Brown Network and its members’ achievements, and continuing learning opportunities such as the Skill Set Series and Legislative Preview.
The Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2018 annual report provides a summary of the 2018 seminar series and civic-leadership activities of Fellows throughout Arizona, highlights from the 2018 Flinn-Brown Convention, and notes on new tools for connecting Fellows to one another and the broader community.
The Flinn-Brown Fellowship 2017 annual report provides a summary of the 2017 seminar series, an account of the first Flinn-Brown Convention and announcement of the first Fellows to receive the program’s annual awards, and highlights of Flinn-Brown Fellows’ civic-leadership activities and achievements, including those pursuing elected office, joining state boards and commissions, and pursuing leadership in state-government careers.