News Release

June 29, 2012

Fish and Wildlife Service Names Bryan Arroyo to Lead International Conservation Programs

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Chris Tollefson, (703) 358-2222

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the appointment of Bryan Arroyo to lead the Service's international conservation initiatives. As Assistant Director for International Affairs, Arroyo, a 22-year veteran of the Service, will oversee the Service's efforts to implement international wildlife conservation and trade agreements, and to provide training and financial assistance to support wildlife conservation initiatives across the globe.

"Hundreds of species we see every day in the United States spend significant parts of their lives breeding and wintering across the hemisphere. At the same time, our nation is a major consumer and transshipment point for the exploding global wildlife trade," said Ashe. "Bryan Arroyo has spent his career working across agencies and borders to build effective conservation partnerships, and he is uniquely suited to lead the Services cooperative international conservation efforts."

Ashe noted that the United States has a long-standing commitment to assist other nations in the conservation of wildlife species, both those that share or cross United States' borders and those whose range is on foreign soil. As part of this commitment, Arroyo has played pivotal role in coordinating conservation of shared species across North America with Canada and Mexico through the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management. The Trilateral Committee provides a forum to improve information sharing and foster coordination of conservation efforts among the three nations.

Arroyo succeeds Teiko Saito, who is retiring as Assistant Director for International Affairs after a 32-year career with the Service. She has led the program in a permanent and acting capacity for more than six years, developing innovative partnership efforts with wildlife agencies across the globe and implementing new conservation initiatives such as the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp, which has generated millions of dollars for the conservation of endangered species in the wild such as African and Asian elephants, tigers and great apes.

"I'm pleased to have an accomplished colleague and friend succeed me as the Assistant Director for International Affairs," said Saito. "I believe that Bryan's knowledge of and dedication to wildlife and habitat conservation, his background in international conservation, and his ability to work with people of all backgrounds will be an asset to the international program for the Service and in addressing conservation issues globally."

The International Affairs Program works with other federal agencies, foreign governments, conservation organizations, academic institutions and others to conserve wildlife and their habitats across the globe. This includes implementation of international conservation trade agreements under The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other domestic laws such as the Wild Bird Conservation Act, the Lacey Act (injurious wildlife), Marine Mammal Protection Act, U.S. Endangered Species Act, and the Pelly Amendment of the Fisherman's Protective Act. The program also oversees the Multinational Species Conservation Funds, which were established by Congress to help conserve some of the world's fastest disappearing and most treasured animals in their natural habitats. The Service administers these grant funds through the Wildlife Without Borders-Species Programs, helping to train and fund professional wildlife management and law enforcement agencies; catalyze conservation partnerships at local and international levels; and promote communication and information exchange among communities, institutions, and countries.

Arroyo's 22 years of experience with the Service include assignments with progressively increasing responsibilities at field, regional, and national offices. He has served as the Service's Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation since 2009, where he was responsible for overseeing policy direction and management of the National Fish Hatchery System, fish health and fish technology centers, fisheries management, aquatic invasive species and injurious wildlife, habitat restoration programs, environmental contaminants, natural resource damage assessment and restoration, environmental review of development activities, and wetlands inventory and mapping.

In this capacity, Arroyo led a delegation from the United States to China on wetlands conservation issues. He was also instrumental in coordinating the Service's efforts to partner with the wind energy industry and the conservation community to develop voluntary wind energy guidelines, finalized in April, 2012, that will guide the siting, design and operation of onshore wind energy facilities.

Prior to that, Arroyo served as Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director for Endangered Species from 2006 to 2009, where he was responsible for carrying out national policy development and management of all aspects of the Endangered Species program. From 1998 to 2006, he was the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Service's Southwest Region, where he lead the Ecological Services program in the Southwest. A fluent Spanish speaker, Arroyo led the development of innovative conservation initiatives with Mexico benefitting multiple species, including the ocelot and the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle. He also oversaw regional implementation of programs assessing the impact of contaminants on fish and wildlife, reviewing development projects to reduce and avoid impacts to listed species, and to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners seeking to improve habitat for wildlife on their property.

Arroyo began his career with the Service in 1990 as a student trainee in the Arlington, Texas field office. 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. There he served as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist conducting project reviews under the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act. In 1994, he transferred to the Service's headquarters office in Arlington, VA where he worked primarily in policy and budget development.

In May 2006, he received OPM certification for the DOI SES 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 John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows program.

Born in New York City and raised in his parent's native Puerto Rico, Arroyo 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 bachelors degree in science with a major in biology. In 1991, he earned a masters degree in science with a major in zoology from the University of Arkansas. Bryan is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys hiking, fishing, and nature photography.