Mayor Joens graduates from the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy
Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens graduated from the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fall 2012 class. Celebrating the graduation were, from left, Flinn Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chair Steven Wheeler, ASU Preparatory Academy Chief Academic Officer and Spring 2012 Flinn Brown Fellow Deborah Gonzalez, Mayor Joens, Thomas R. Brown Foundations President Sarah Brown Smallhouse, and Flinn Foundation President and CEO Jack B. Jewett. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is an intensive program to help expand the cadre of future state-level leaders with the skills, knowledge, and commitment to address Arizona's long-term issues. The Academy is comprised of a 12-session seminar series that helps participants develop a better understanding of Arizona's most pressing public-policy issues, as well as the skills required to take the next steps into state-level civic leadership. Beyond the seminars, the Academy includes advising from a private or public-sector leader, an individual plan for civic leadership in Arizona, an alumni network, and continued learning opportunities. The nonpartisan Academy's content is based on the critical issues facing Arizona. Public-policy experts, scholars, current and former agency heads, elected officials, and other leaders--drawn from the public and private sectors--share with Fellows not only facts and figures, but also a wide variety of perspectives and leadership skills.