Felix G. Arroyo

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Felix G. Arroyo
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Chief of Health and Human Services, Boston
In office
January 2014 – August 2017
Preceded by Daphne Griffin
Succeeded by Marty Martinez
City Councilor At-Large of the Boston City Council
In office
January 2010 – January 2014
Preceded by Michael F. Flaherty and Sam Yoon
Succeeded by Michael F. Flaherty and Michelle Wu
Personal details
Born (1979-05-25) May 25, 1979 (age 39)
Political party Democratic
Residence Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Alma mater University of Massachusetts Boston
Southern New Hampshire University
Website Campaign website

Felix G. Arroyo (born May 25, 1979) is an American political figure from Boston. Arroyo was elected to a Councilor At-Large position on the Boston City Council in November 2009. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Boston in 2013 and served as the city's Chief of Health and Human Services from 2014 until his dismissal in 2017 following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

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.[1] He also earned his master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University.[2]

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.

City Council[edit]

Councilor Arroyo developed legislation called "Invest in Boston" to invest Boston’s money in banks that invest in Boston to help promote economic development.[3] He led the effort on the council to save thousands of youth summer jobs and prevent the closures of libraries.[4][5]

Mayoral run[edit]

In April 2013, Arroyo announced his candidacy for the Boston mayoral election.[6] He officially kicked off his campaign on June 15, at Villa Victoria.[7] Arroyo lost in the September preliminary election, having received 9,888 votes and finishing fifth in a field of 12, where the top two vote-getters advance to the November general election.

Chief of Health and Human Services[edit]

In January 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh named Arroyo Boston's Chief of Health and Human Services. Arroyo was the first Cabinet-level position announced by the newly elected mayor.[8] Walsh cited Arroyo's 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.[9]

Sexual Harassment and dismissal[edit]

On July 28, 2017, Arroyo was placed on paid administrative leave from his position at the Boston Department of Health. Although this was confirmed by Mayor Walsh, no further details were made available.[10] On August 24, 2017, a spokesperson for Mayor Walsh announced that Arroyo had been fired after a "comprehensive investigation" into sexual harassment allegations.[11] Charges from his accuser against the City were dropped in November 2017 and Felix Arroyo now faces a civil suit. [12]

Personal life[edit]

Arroyo is a lifelong Bostonian, born in the South End, raised in Hyde Park, and a graduate of the Boston Public Schools. He lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.


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