City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo was elected to the Boston City Council in November of 2009 and re-elected for a second term in 2011. Councilor Arroyo is a lifelong Bostonian, born in the South End, raised in Hyde Park, and a proud graduate of the Boston Public Schools. He now shares a home with his wife in Jamaica Plain.
It is because of his roots as a community organizer that he has remained committed to “collaborative politics”–bringing people together so that everyone’s voice is heard. Utilizing this method, Councilor Arroyo has been able to move an aggressive agenda focused on providing better opportunities for our youth, improving public health, and promoting economic growth in Boston’s neighborhoods.
As a youth sports coach for over 8 years, he has a true appreciation for the benefits of investing in young people and has made our City’s youth his number one priority as a member of the Council. Working with the youth task force he assembled, Councilor Arroyo has developed a “Boston Youth Agenda” and helped restore thousands of summer and yearlong jobs for youth in the budget.
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. As the Boston Phoenix explained, “In this punishing economic environment, Invest in Boston would not only help create jobs and promote growth — if used properly, it could help reduce housing foreclosures and promote lending to qualified home buyers.”
Dedicating over a decade of his life to public service and community organizing around health care at Northeast Action and workers’ rights at SEIU Local 615, Councilor Arroyo continues to be an advocate for working families, authoring legislation to protect good jobs in Boston and to ensure workers in the City are treated with dignity and respect.
Councilor Arroyo is the son of Felix D. Arroyo, a former Boston City Councilor and Elsa, a Boston Public School Teacher. He has three brothers and a sister, all of whom attended the Boston Public Schools, and three nieces and one nephew. All of his nieces and nephews that are of school age attend the Boston Public Schools.
Councilor Arroyo did his undergraduate studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and completed his Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.
Councilor Arroyo is the Chair of the Council’s Committee on Labor, Youth Affairs and Health and Vice Chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing. He is also the Council’s representative on the Boston Groundwater Trust.