Nancy Welch

Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

A nationally recognized public-policy analyst, Nancy Welch joined the Flinn Foundation in October 2010 to direct the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. She has built the Center’s flagship program, the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, into a unique statewide program with nearly 300 Fellows and an active Flinn-Brown Network. She also developed CivEx, or Arizona Civic Exchange, as a gateway program for Arizonans to learn about issues and politics. Ms. Welch recently authored Strong Foundations for Achieving Civic Leadership, a “checklist” to help Flinn-Brown Fellows and others assess their personal strengths and challenges.

Ms. Welch came to the Foundation from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, which she joined in 1989 as a senior research analyst. After leaving in 1999 to join The Insight Group, a Tempe-based research firm, she returned to Morrison in 2003 as assistant director and soon was promoted to associate director. At Morrison, she managed policy research, project development, and client relationships.

Ms. Welch previously served as executive director of the nonprofit Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, and as a planner at the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She earned a master’s degree in history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

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