Jaime Arroyo is a Lancaster City Council Member and Chief Executive Officer at ASSETS, a local non-profit helping women and BIPOC entrepreneurs start and grow their business by providing equitable access to training resources, capital and impact consulting. Since beginning his time on Council in 2020, Jaime has led the City of Lancaster through a pivotal time period that has included a global pandemic, local protests against racial injustice, and stewarding a once-in-a-generation investment in the community thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act.
As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Jaime has advanced efforts such as the Small Business Relief Fund, fair and just housing rental and lead abatement ordinances, and leading the process to award $10 million in support of affordable housing projects and $5 million in community facilities projects.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Jaime came to southeast Lancaster City as a toddler after his parents moved into the area in search of a better life. A proud graduate of J.P McCaskey High School, Jaime went on to earn his B.S in Business Administration from Millersville University, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. From there he launched his career with Fulton Financial Corporation after completing their rigorous Management Training Program. For over a decade, Jaime worked in various positions within banking, driven to help clients reach their personal and business financial goals. During this time Jaime also built his own real estate business, investing in properties that provided quality housing for Lancaster City residents.
In 2016, he completed his M.B.A at Drexel University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Jaime led the Community Lending and Social Enterprise Development efforts at ASSETS, helping the organization become one of the top micro-lenders in the state of Pennsylvania and making Lancaster City one of the most ethical business communities in the country. Jaime coached and advised entrepreneurs (specifically women, Black, indigenous, and people of color) on their finances and business plans. In 2018, Jaime was elected Curator for the Global Shapers Lancaster Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Jaime has extensive experience and expertise working with organizations on real-time strategy, diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as talent development for high-performing leaders. Jaime served as Chief Strategy Officer for Community Action Partnership, Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping families achieve economic prosperity.
In 2022, Jaime returned to ASSETS as the Chief Executive Officer, leading the team in building an equitable and ethical economy where everyone can thrive.
Jaime is married to his wife Linette, a Registered Nurse at the Ann B Barshinger Cancer Institute. They live in northeast Lancaster City with their 2 year old son, Miles. While inequitable policies of the past motivated Jaime to run for City Council, it’s the potential for a strong and equitable future for his son that gives Jaime the sense of urgency to build a Lancaster City where everyone can stay and thrive.