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Flinn-Brown Thanks 2016 Speakers

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More than 80 Arizonans from all perspectives, with a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, spoke to the Flinn-Brown 2016 cohort during this year’s Academy seminar series. The discussions between the Fellows and these policymakers, CEOs, practitioners, researchers, experts, and pundits provided insights into Arizona’s challenges and ideas for real-world solutions. The knowledge will be put to use as Fellows advance in leadership positions in state government, policy, and politics.

Sincere thanks go to the speakers who shared their expertise with the 2016 Flinn-Brown Fellows.

Hon. Kirk Adams; Chief of Staff, Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Markay Adams; Integrated Services Administrator, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Dan Anderson; Vice President, Institutional Analysis, Arizona Board of Regents

John Arnold; Vice President for Business Management and Financial Affairs, Arizona Board of Regents

Hon. Lisa Atkins; State Land Commissioner, Arizona State Land Department

Hon. Scott Bales; Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court

Stan Barnes; Founder and President, Copper State Consulting Group

Sean Berens; Associate, Perkins Coie

Tom Betlach; Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Kathryn Blades; Legislative Liaison and Deputy General Counsel, Arizona Department of Child Safety

Tom Broderick; Former Utilities Division Director, Arizona Corporation Commission

Breanne Bushu; Development Manager and Policy Advisor, Center for the Future of Arizona

Ron Carpio; Chief of Health and Family Services, Terros Health

Dr. Joe Cuffari; Policy Advisor, Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Ian Danley; Executive Director, One Arizona

Henry Darwin; Interim Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security; Chief of Operations, Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Scott Deeny; Arizona Water Program Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Sarah Douthit; Chief Probation Officer, Coconino County Adult Probation

Leonard Downie, Jr.; Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU

Greg Esser; Associate Director, Herberger Center for the Arts, ASU

Eric Figueroa; Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Rebecca Gau; Executive Director, Stand for Children

Hon. Neil Giuliano; CEO, Greater Phoenix Leadership

Dr. Rufus Glasper; CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College

Dr. Robert Glennon; Regents’ Professor, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Steve Goldstein; Host, Here and Now, KJZZ

Victor Gonzalez; Economic Development Manager, Town of Sahuarita

Hon. Alfredo Gutierrez; President, Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board

John Halikowski; Director, Arizona Department of Transportation

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick; Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges

Chris Herstam; Chairman, Arizona Government Relations Practice, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Mignonne Hollis; Executive Director, Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation

Hon. Andrew Hurwitz; Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Robyn Interpreter; Attorney, Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC

C.O. Walter Jefferson; Policy and Procedure Coordinator, Pima County Sheriff’s Department

Jack Jewett; President and CEO, Flinn Foundation

Brittney Kaufmann; Vice President of Public Affairs & Advocacy, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Gail Knight; CEO, Community Excellence Project

Dr. Paul Koehler; Director, Policy Center, WestEd

Dr. Melissa Kovacs; Founder, FirstEval

Dr. Judy Krysik; Director, Center for Child Well-Being, Arizona State University

Dr. Matt Ladner; Senior Advisor, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Sara Larsen; Financial Affairs and Compliance Officer, Arizona Clean Elections Commission

Erik Lee; Executive Director, North American Research Partnership

Ken Logan; Chair, DM50

Fred Lomayesva; Assistant Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Larry Lucero; President, Southern Arizona Defense Alliance

Ed Maldonado; Attorney, Law Office of Edward Maldonado

Nadine Mathis Basha; Chairperson, Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First)

Major General Michael T. McGuire; Adjutant General, Arizona National Guard; Director, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs

Georganna Meyers; Senior Economist, Maguire Company

Rich Nickel; CEO, College Success Arizona

Toby Olvera; Coordinator, Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Juan Padrés; Economic Development Specialist for International Trade, City of Tucson

Hon. Sheila Polk; County Attorney, Yavapai County

Hon. Michael Pollard; Judge, Tucson Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court

Sara Porter; Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, ASU

Sean Price; Assistant Director, Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, Arizona Department of Economic Security

Brandon Quester; Founder and Executive Director/Editor, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

Sam Richard; Executive Director, Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition

Kelly Robles; Executive Director, AZ Transfer

Charles Ryan; Director, Arizona Department of Corrections

Rebekah Sanders; Reporter, Arizona Republic

Paul Senseman; Principal, Policy Development Group

Stefan Shepherd; Deputy Director, Joint Legislative Budget Committee

Ron Sites; Executive Director/President, Fighter Country Partnership

Ruth Soberanes; Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Arizona-Mexico Commission

Shay Stautz; Associate Vice President of Federal Relations, University of Arizona

Mikel Steinfeld; Appellate Attorney, Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office

Dr. Gerry Swanson; Professor of Economics Emeritus, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Melissa Tatum; Research Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona

Joe Thomas; President, Arizona Education Association

Steve Voeller; Partner, Summit Consulting Group

Marisa Walker; Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning/Infrastructure, Arizona Commerce Authority

Nancy Welch; Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Flinn Foundation

Brandy Wells; Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Lela Wendell; Project Coordinator, Arizona Department of Child Safety

Jeff Whitney; State Forester, Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Michael Wisehart; Assistant Director, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security

Hon. Kimberly Yee; Chairperson, Arizona Senate Committee on Education

Annette Zinky; Executive Vice President, Strategy & Impact, Greater Phoenix Economic Council