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FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association

The FBI’s Citizens Academy program was launched in 1993 at the FBI’s Phoenix Division by then-Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Ahearn. Ahearn decided on the “Citizens Academy” model based on his experience with a local police agency with the hope of strengthening the field office’s relationship with the community.

Since inception, over 1,800 community, civic business, labor, media, minority, law enforcement, government, and religious leaders in Arizona have been educated about federal law enforcement issues and challenges. Nationally, over 10,000 citizens have participated in Citizens Academies offered at Field Offices across the United States and at the FBI Academy Quantico, VA.

The goal of the Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the FBI’s role in the community through open discussion and to support the FBI’s efforts to deliver information about their role, tools, tactics, jurisdiction, and vision for the future in national law enforcement, homeland defense, and counter-terrorism on all levels.

Graduates of the Citizens Academy (Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff) are invited to join our FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIPCAAA). The FBIPCAAA is a non profit organization separate and apart from the FBI.

FBIPCAAA Financial info

To our FBIPCAAA Alumni Members – our monthly financial reports are handled by Sara Muller, a third party service in order to insure integrity and transparency in our organization. A copy of our monthly financial summary is available upon request to our members in good standing. Please send an email to: treasurer@fbipcaaa.org


FBIHQ & quantico trip

One of the highlights of being an FBIPCAAA member is our annual trip to Quantico & FBI HQ in Washington D.C. Our new Citizens Academy graduates get priority, however if you didn't get a chance to experience this trip with your graduating class, let us know if you'd like to be put on the waiting list. Please send an email to: events@fbipcaaa.org

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Want to hear about the latest news and events in our Phoenix Chapter? Be a part of our alumni members' only private Facebook group and stay in touch with your fellow alumni from Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. To join, please visit us HERE

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Attention: FBIPCAAA Alumni 

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  Annual membership dues are renewed every year on January 1st


We celebrate our Alumni for the positive impact they make in our community. If you have a story to share, please contact: communications@fbipcaaa.org

It was great seeing one of our recent FBIPCAAA graduates, Monty Low, Director of IT for the AZ Coyotes, speaking to a packed house at a local Technology conference! Excellent advice on leadership, career, and life lessons!

Upcoming events

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Here are some of the highlights of the last year - thank you to our Alumni for supporting our continuing education and community outreach!


We appreciate our sponsors who make it possible to support the FBI Citizens Academy, bring exciting speakers for continuing education and to support our community outreach.


Did you know that our Phoenix Chapter is part of a national organization called the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association?  Our national organization oversees all chapters throughout the United States.  For more information and valuable resources, click here for the FBINCAAA website: www.fbincaaa.org

Our Phoenix Chapter has a lot to be proud of! Three of our FBIPCAAA Past Board Presidents and one Life Member have served/currently serving on the FBI National CAAA leadership team:

Alicia Wadas, 2021 FBINCAAA President (Phoenix)

Alicia Wadas was elected to the Board of Directors of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association in 2016. She began her service to National in 2015 as Regional Chapter Coordinator for Region 5, working with 12 western chapters. A 2008 FBI Phoenix CA graduate, Alicia joined the Phoenix CAAA board of directors the same year. She served on the Phoenix board for 7 years in various roles, including president. As Chief Operating Officer of a top marketing firm in Phoenix, she was the inaugural winner of the 2018 Women of Excellence Award, a 2017 C-Suite finalist among top executives in Phoenix, and in 2014 was named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. She’s active in her industry, serving as a director for Independent NewsMedia, a publisher of 24 community newspapers in 4 states, and as past-president of Intermarket Agency Network, an association of 15 independently owned agencies. Alicia is also on the advisory board of GratitudeAmerica, a nonprofit dedicated to providing critical support for military service members and their families during their return to civilian life.

Charles R. Smith, Esq, FBINCAAA General Counsel (Phoenix) 

Charles Smith joined the FBI National CAAA Board as a non-voting legal advisor in December 2017 and is proud to be a 2020 recipient of the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal for his service as General Counsel.  Charles is a 2016 graduate of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy and served the FBI Phoenix CAAA as a director, Vice President of Operations and as General Counsel until June 2019.  After growing up in Minnesota and attending high school in Texas, in 1983 Charles obtained a Bachelor of Science with high honors in Accounting from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. In 1986, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.  Charles has over 35 years of experience actively practicing as a corporate, business, tax, estate planning and non-profit attorney practicing in Tucson, Arizona. Charles devotes time to family, enjoys travel and performing community service. He works with numerous non-profit organizations and is active in local and state bar associations seeking to improve the legal community. He is on the editorial board of the official publication of the Pima County Bar Association, and is a volunteer attorney for Southern Arizona Legal Aid.

Larry Abbott, National Past President (Phoenix) 

Larry Abbott, until 2018, was the Scout Executive/CEO, Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. He has earned Eagle Scout and has been employed with the BSA since 1974. Larry served as Scout Executive from 1984 to present in Councils at: Palo Alto, CA; Ontario, CA; Tacoma, WA; and Arizona. His organization is providing character-building programs to over 47,000 youth and 22,000 active volunteers. He also serves on Arizona State University President’s Advisory Council.

Chuck Matthews, Senior Vice President (Phoenix)

Chuck Matthews joined the Board of Directors in 2012, serving first as Treasurer for three years. He currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Development. Chuck is the Chairman and CEO of WGM Holdings LLC, a consulting firm specializing in information technology, security, and forensic investigative services. Chuck is also a member of InfraGard and actively involved in his local community. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, he served two terms as President of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association.


Please help us congratulate our former board member, Azra Hussain for being awarded the prestigious FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award!

Azra Hussain is the President, Founder and Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA), an apolitical, non-profit, educational organization found in 1999 providing education about Islam and Muslim culture. In her role as Director for the ISBA, she trains speakers for the bureau and plans and facilitates educational and interfaith events. Azra is also a speaker with the ISBA and speaks on beliefs and practices on Islam and gender roles. She has spoken at numerous schools, colleges, churches and other public institutions, as well as civic groups. She has also provided cultural sensitivity training to police departments, hospital personnel and corporations.

In 2003, Mrs. Hussain graduated from Phoenix Division’s FBI Citizens Academy program and served six years as a board member of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association. After graduation from the program, Mrs. Hussain volunteered to use her leadership to increase awareness of the FBI in the Muslim community. Throughout the years, Azra Hussain has consistently acted as liaison with the community in Metropolitan Phoenix to increase public awareness and greatly enhance the FBI’s role through community outreach. Mrs. Hussain’s dedication to the Phoenix Division outreach programs has been instrumental in opening dialogue and has built trust and understanding. Most recently, Mrs. Hussain worked with the Phoenix Division to implement an Interfaith Group Quarterly meeting. As a result of her associations in the community as a whole, Azra brought together representatives from several faith based communities. Azra Hussain is truly deserving to be recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Director’s Community leadership Award.


Today’s FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities that is staffed by a dedicated cadre of more than 30,000 agents, analysts, and other professionals who work around the clock and across the globe to protect the U.S. from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats, and to provide its many partners with services, support, training, and leadership.


Our FBI Phoenix Division is headed up by Special Agent in Charge Sean L. Kaul.

21711 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Phone: (623) 466-1999


FBI’s Most Wanted

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If You See Something, Say Something™

Do you recall learning about the FBI’s Public Access Line call center in your FBI Citizens Academy class? You won’t if you graduated before the call center was created in 2012 for the purpose of centralizing collection of public tips for major investigations.

Have a tip or complaint? Dial 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Since 2012, the FBI’s Public Access Line has received more than two million calls that have resulted in thousands of actionable tips and leads for special agents and intelligence analysts. Learn more about a unit that is playing a key role in major investigations.

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