Bryan Arroyo

Portrait of Deputy Director of Operations, Bryan Arroyo
Former Assistant Director, International Affairs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:IA
Falls Church, VA 22041
United States

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About Bryan Arroyo

Bryan Arroyo retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December 2022. Most recently, he served as Assistant Director, International Affairs. In this capacity, he oversaw the Service's work to coordinate domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern, including domestic species that extend beyond our borders or are traded internationally.

Before returning to International Affairs in 2022, Bryan served as the Service's Deputy Director of Operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Service, including providing executive direction through the Regional Directors, Native American programs, Diversity and Inclusion, and the National Conservation Training Center. 

Prior to that, Bryan served as Deputy Director in the Department’s Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance where he provided leadership and guidance on the utilization and conservation of natural, cultural, and historical resources.

Bryan’s diverse experience with the Service includes assignments at field, regional, and headquarters levels. He served as the Service’s Assistant Director of International Affairs for five years, from 2012 to 2017. He also served as Assistant Director for Fisheries for three years, as well as Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director for the Endangered Species program. From 1998 to 2006, he was the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Service’s Southwest Region.

With over 30 years of experience, Bryan 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 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, has two daughters and a granddaughter. Bryan is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys fishing, hiking, and nature photography.