Felix G. Arroyo

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Felix G. Arroyo
Chief of Health and Human Services, Boston
Assumed office
January 2014
Preceded by Daphne Griffin
City Councilor At-Large of the Boston City Council
In office
January 2010 – January 2014
Personal details
Born (1979-05-25) May 25, 1979 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jasmine Acevedo
Residence Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Website Campaign website

Felix G. Arroyo (born May 25, 1979) is the Chief of Health and Human Services in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Arroyo was a member of the Boston City Council in Boston, Massachusetts prior to that. He was elected to a Councilor At-Large position on the Council in November 2009. Arroyo is a lifelong Bostonian, born in the South End, raised in Hyde Park, and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. He shares a home with his wife in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

Early life[edit]

Arroyo is the son of former Boston Councilor Felix D. Arroyo. He was born in the South End neighborhood of Boston and raised in Hyde Park.

Arroyo attended Boston public schools and is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Boston.[2] He also earned his master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University.[3]

Prior to being elected to the Council, Arroyo served as a field director at Northeast Action and Political Director for the Service Employees International Union Local 615.


Councilor Arroyo has developed legislation called "Invest in Boston" to invest Boston’s money in banks that invest in Boston to help promote economic development.[4] Felix also stresses the importance of investing in youth and ensuring that they have employment and recreational opportunities out of school. He has led the effort on the council to save thousands of youth summer jobs and also prevent the closures of libraries.[5][6]

Arroyo was the first Cabinet-level position announced by the newly elected Mayor Marty Walsh.[7] Walsh appointed Arroyo to serve as the Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston, citing his ability to bring people together and work collaboratively, as well as his understanding of the importance of addressing the needs of Boston's most vulnerable population.[8]

Mayoral run[edit]

On April 2013, Arroyo announced his candidacy for the Boston mayoral election.[9] He officially kicked off his campaign on June 15, 2013 at Villa Victoria.[10] Arroyo lost in the primary election, having received 9,888 votes.


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