The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership’s Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is intended to help expand the cadre of future state leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address Arizona’s long-term issues.
The Flinn-Brown Academy is designed for Arizonans from all walks of life and perspectives who want to serve—whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid—as members of a state board, commission, or advisory council, an elected official, a state government executive, or a policy advisor. The program is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.
Flinn-Brown Academy Components:
- A series of 12 day-long seminars over approximately a three-month period.
- Development of a personal plan to become more involved in state-level civic leadership. Fellows are expected to pursue activities which will support achievement of their goals for state-level involvement.
- Formal advising over a period of at least six months. Fellows are matched with a public- or private-sector advisor to develop and begin to implement their individual civic-leadership plan.
- Follow-up support for state-level civic leadership. From learning more about public policy to networking and special events, Fellows have ongoing support from the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
Through the Academy, Flinn-Brown Fellows:
- Gain a better understanding of major state issues, the connections among them, and leading-edge thinking.
- Explore many of the major drivers of change and their impacts on state public policy—such as rural and urban differences, aging and demographics, shifting societal attitudes, the effects of the Great Recession, globalization, sustainability, and competitiveness.
- Hone the capacity to cope with the complexity of public policy.
- Grasp the multi-faceted, push-and-pull process of developing and implementing public policy.
- Expand civic leadership skills.
There is no charge for participation in the Academy. Events take place at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. Standard transportation and lodging expenses are covered for Fellows who live outside of Maricopa County.