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Longtime Arizona leader Jack Jewett to retire as Flinn Foundation CEO

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Jack B. Jewett will retire as Flinn Foundation President and CEO at the end of September, concluding more than eight years of service in which the foundation expanded and enhanced its program areas to better serve Arizona. Russell Reynolds Associates, an international executive search firm, has been hired by the Foundation to conduct a national

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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

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Cheyenne Walsh shapes Arizona policy as award-winning lobbyist

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Cheyenne Walsh knows that in the public’s mind, lobbyists are not very well thought of. But she doesn’t view the role in a negative way, and not just because it’s a career she loves. “To me, lobbying is really about gathering and passing along information. Nothing is black and white, and if we think it’s

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Teniqua Broughton passionately leads in the arts and African-American communities

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Teniqua Broughton loves the arts, whether it’s going to see musical theatre, visiting a new installation at the Desert Botanical Garden or watching any style of dance. Yet for Broughton, a leader in the Valley’s arts and African-American communities, her true passion is exposing others to the programs. “This is where my heart is, working

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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership names 2016 Flinn-Brown Fellows

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The independent, nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership has selected 36 individuals as the 2016 cohort of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, a group of Arizonans from across the state and all walks of life and perspectives who share a commitment to state-level public service. The Flinn-Brown experience begins with Fellows, who are selected competitively,

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Diana Rhoades advocates for National Park Service during its centennial year

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Diana Rhoades has long been an advocate on behalf of parks and wildlands—whether it’s a large national forest or a small neighborhood park—through a career spent crafting public policy and strategic messaging. So it seems fitting that during the National Park Service’s centennial, being celebrated this month, the Flinn-Brown Fellow is serving as a NPS

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Gilberto ‘Gil’ Villegas devotes financial expertise to better Yuma County

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For most of his life, Gilberto “Gil”  Villegas rarely had politics on his mind. The Yuma County deputy chief financial officer, who has spent nearly his entire career in government finance, says after participating in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, he emerged as a political devotee. “I didn’t use to care much about politics, but

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Kim Hartmann applies business skills to serve Scottsdale school district

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Over a cup of coffee, an associate told Kim Hartmann that she had heard being on the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board was the most thankless job in the world. Hartmann responded: “Absolutely, you are right, but it’s also the best job I have ever had.” It’s been less than two years since Hartmann

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