Ricardo was born in Hyde Park where he was raised by his parents Felix D. Arroyo, a former Boston City Councilor and the current Register of Probate for Suffolk County, and Elsa Montano, a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. From a young age his parents rooted in him a love of service and a responsibility to give back to community.
It was those lessons that lead him to a career as a Public Defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. As a public defender he has seen how the lack of opportunity, inequity, and marginalization of individuals can ravage lives. He has seen the cost to our communities when we do not see or hear those most in need.
As a public defender Ricardo fights every day for those that are often unseen and unheard, and he is now ready to do that for the communities that raised him. That is why he is running for the Boston City Council District 5 representing Hyde Park, Mattapan and Roslindale. Ricardo is committed to ensuring that Boston a city that lives up to its promise. He believes we can achieve stronger economies, quality schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and healthy communities when we put people first by making sure that all people are seen, and all voices are heard.
Ricardo attended the Boston Public Schools, holds a B.A. in History from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.
Ricardo sits on the board of the National Lawyers Guild Massachusetts Chapter and is a member of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, NAACP, and Mijente.
He currently resides in Hyde Park.