Bryan Arroyo serves as the Assistant Director (AD) for International Affairs. He is responsible for the Service’s coordination of domestic and international strategies to protect, restore and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. He is responsible for the implementation of 40 conventions, treaties, and agreements, and oversees the International Wildlife Trade and Wildlife Without Borders programs. The focus of International Affair is to promote, facilitate, and influence conservation across the globe. Working with partners around the world to conserve species, International Affairs administers grant programs supporting human and institutional capacity building and conservation research, provides technical assistance to wildlife managers in other countries, helps to conserve species at risk through the regulation of international trade, and works closely with States and Native American tribes to ensure conservation of U.S. species in international trade.
Prior to serving as the AD for International Affairs, Bryan served as the Service’s AD for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation from 2009 to 2012. Bryan also served as the AD for Endangered Species from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as the Deputy AD for Endangered Species from December 2006 until December 2007. Prior to serving as Deputy AD, he served as the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Southwestern Region from December 1998 until December 2006.
With over 20 years of experience, Bryan has served at field, regional and national offices of the Service. Prior assignments include a 1990 appointment as a student trainee with the Service’s field office in Arlington, Texas. After completing his graduate degree in 1991, he was appointed to a full time permanent position in that office and then transferred to the Service’s field office in Austin, Texas. In 1994, he transferred to the Service’s headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia. He has served on special assignments as Field Supervisor in Panama City, Florida and as Deputy Regional Director in Region 3.
In May 2006, he received certification for the Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. As part of the program, he completed developmental assignments with the National Association of Home Builders and the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, DC. He also completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Fellows program.
Born in New York City and raised in his parent’s native Puerto Rico, Bryan attended the public school system in Puerto Rico, graduating from Ponce High School in 1982. He attended Catholic University of Puerto Rico and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology. In 1991, he earned a master’s degree in science with a major in zoology from the University of Arkansas. He is married and has two daughters. Bryan is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys fishing, hiking, and nature photography.