Wonderful Women Wednesday: Mercedes Arroyo

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Mercedes Arroyo wore many hats in her forty years at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 

Mercedes Arroyo looks directly into the camera.

Arroyo joined the Smithsonian in 1965 as a secretary, and eventually advanced to a leadership position as Jefe de Compras, Chief Purchasing Officer. Throughout decades of staff newsletters, Arroyo is praised for her work in organizing extracurricular activities and special celebrations for staff. She retired in 1999, but then spent another six years as a consultant with the Procurement Office until 2005.

Mercedes Arroyo sits at a desk.

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