Civic Leadership


The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership identifies and trains future state-level leaders to serve in public-policy roles. The independent, nonpartisan center was created by the Flinn Foundation in 2011 to strengthen civic leadership at the state level.

The Flinn-Brown Academy, the center’s flagship program, selects about 25 people annually from all perspectives and walks of life to participate in a high-level seminar series over three months, followed by continuing education and networking opportunities; there are now more than 325 Flinn-Brown Fellows in the expanding network. Fellows are expected to pursue roles as state-level elected officials, state-agency executives, policy advisors, or members of state boards or commissions. The Academy receives funding support from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations in Tucson.

The application for the 2019 Flinn-Brown Academy is open.

The center also features the Arizona Civic Leadership Collaborative, which serves as a resource and convener to the more than 50 local and regional leadership programs around the state, and a public outreach/communications program.

The Flinn Foundation sponsors and administers all programs of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership as part of its long-term investment in leadership and advancing work to benefit Arizona’s future generations.

Visit the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership website at