FlinnBrownHomeThere is one thing every Arizona city, town, and tribal community has in common—it can be the home of Arizona’s future state-level leaders.

The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is seeking Arizonans from throughout the state to take part in a unique program that will help prepare them to serve at the state level as appointed and elected officials, agency executives, members of state boards and commissions, and leaders in statewide organizations. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is a long-term initiative that aims to expand the cadre of Arizonans who are dedicated to state-level public service and have the knowledge, skills, commitment, and networks to help address Arizona’s long-term issues.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 cohort. About 35 Arizonans from across the state, all walks of life, and perspectives will be selected this year in a highly competitive process to join a prestigious network of nearly 200 Flinn-Brown Fellows committed to state-level civic leadership.

“The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is anxious to identify and involve more committed leaders from throughout the state to help ensure Arizona has the future state-level leaders it needs,” said Nancy Welch, Vice President of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation. “We have Fellows from Safford, Globe, Yuma, Kykotsmovi, and Flagstaff to name just a few of the communities represented, and it is vital for the network and the state’s future to have more leaders from outside metro Phoenix and Tucson.”

Visit azcivicleadership.org for additional information and to apply. The deadline is April 13. There is no charge for the program. Travel and lodging costs are covered for participants who live outside Maricopa County.

Flinn-Brown includes an intensive seminar series, executive coaching for leadership, a statewide network, and long-term support. Residents with a commitment to state-level leadership, whether elected or appointed, full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, are encouraged to apply.

The competitive applicant in 2015:

  • Is an ambitious leader with an eye on intensive state-level service
  • Has achievements as a civic leader
  • Is comfortable with complexity and uncertainty
  • Seeks out many perspectives
  • Is invested in collaboration and fact-driven decision making
  • Appreciates the historical, cultural, social, and political context for leadership
  • Enhances public service through high ethical standards, civility, and achievement

Those chosen to be Flinn-Brown Fellows participate in:

  • 12 intensive day-long seminars and a Leadership Master Class from early September through mid-November;
  • Executive coaching for state-level civic leadership; and
  • Long-term support to build individual capacity and strengthen the Fellows’ network.

The academy is sponsored by the Flinn Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, private, nonprofit statewide philanthropies based in Phoenix and Tucson, respectively.

Civic leadership is one of the Flinn Foundation’s four major program areas, along with advancing the biosciences, arts and culture, and Flinn Scholars. The Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.