Announcing the sixth cohort of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy

September 11, 2013

By Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce the 25 Arizonans selected for the sixth Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. The nonpartisan Academy helps prepare and support Arizona’s future state-level civic leaders for public service as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council; an elected official; a state government executive; or a policy advisor. The initiative is supported by the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations in Tucson.

The newest Flinn-Brown Fellows represent communities from Flagstaff to Douglas and bring with them an array of professional and life experiences. The class includes local government officials, university executives, business people, nonprofit leaders, economic development specialists, policy analysts, and government affairs professionals.

During the Academy seminar series, Fellows will learn about issues vital to Arizona’s long-term success from the public- and private-sector experts, scholars, elected officials, current and former agency heads, and practitioners who deal with them every day. Speakers will share with Fellows not only facts and figures, but a wide variety of perspectives and leadership skills. Throughout the series, Fellows will reflect on the lessons to be drawn from Arizona’s notable historic civic leaders and leverage those lessons with cutting-edge technology and research as they analyze public policy choices in today’s world.

Beyond the knowledge gained in the seminars, the Academy supports Fellows on their path to state-level civic leadership with advising from private- or public-sector leaders, support from the growing network of Fellows throughout Arizona, and continued learning opportunities.

Fellows are selected in a competitive process that involves a formal application and in-person interview by a Selection Committee comprised of accomplished Arizona civic leaders. The Leadership Council of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership makes the final selection of Fellows.

If you are interested in participating in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, subscribe to the free AzCCL e-newsletter to find out about upcoming classes.


Scott Bartle
MaricopaGoverning Board Member, Maricopa Unified School District; Publisher, InMaricopa; President, Outside the Box Marketing  
Elvy Barton
PhoenixSenior Policy Advisor, Arizona House of Representatives
Teniqua Broughton
PhoenixExecutive Director, Act One Foundation
Elizabeth Carpio
PhoenixStrategic Plan and Special Projects Administrator, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Megan Casey
PhoenixCommunity Outreach Coordinator, Valley Metro
Demion Clinco
TucsonPresident, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation; Vice-president, Catalina In-Home Services; CEO, Frontier Consulting Group
Darryl Dalley
MiamiCouncilman, Town of Miami
Carlos De La Torre
DouglasCity Manager, City of Douglas
Sarah Douthit
FlagstaffDeputy Chief Probation Officer, Coconino County Adult Probation
Eric Fitzer
TempeSenior Energy Programs Manager, Governor’s Office of Energy Policy
Karen Francis-Begay
TucsonAssistant Vice President for Tribal Relations, University of Arizona
Tannya Gaxiola
TucsonSpecial Advisor to the President on Public Outreach, University of Arizona
Erin Hart
GlendaleChief Operating Officer, Expect More Arizona
Luis Heredia
GilbertGovernment Relations Director, Torres Consulting and Law Group
William Holmes
ChandlerStrategic Planning Analyst, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Eric Nielsen
TucsonArizona Director, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Commerce Department
Pele Peacock Fischer, J.D.
PhoenixAdvisor and Staff Attorney, Arizona House of Representatives
Ricardo André Pereyda
TucsonVeterans Advocate
Diana Rhoades
TucsonChief of Staff, Tucson Vice Mayor Regina Romero, City of Tucson
Sara Sparman
ScottsdaleGovernment Relations Specialist, Kutak Rock LLP
Christina Spicer
PhoenixManaging Director of Development, Teach for America-Phoenix
Drew Trojanowski
MesaDirector of Business Development, Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation
Cheyenne Walsh, J.D.
PhoenixAssociate Attorney, Squire Sanders LLP
Daran Wastchak, Ph.D.
Paradise ValleyPresident, D.R. Wastchak, LLC