A Washougal man has earned a prestigious community award.
Jordan Boldt was honored as the 2013 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. He is the 24th recipient of the annual award that honors the legacy of one-time Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.
Boldt has been the executive director of the Vancouver Farmers Market since February 2010. He is responsible for managing more than 175 vendors that serve approximately 15,000 people each weekend during the market’s eight-month season, which opened for its 24th year on Saturday a Sixth and Esther streets in downtown.
He was nominated by Madeline Delumba and Jim Mains, who commented that Boldt has helped the market thrive and grow.
“Jordan has performed admirably,” the nomination stated. “The last two seasons have been especially good for the market, with increased numbers of patrons and vendors. Even the donations for parking are up.”
They also credited Boldt with reviving the Vancouver Farmers Market scholarship program.
Boldt graduated from Clark College and Washington State University-Vancouver, and is a volunteer firefighter for the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
As recipient of the Marshall Award, Boldt will travel to Lexington, Va., to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He also will participate in the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.
The award was announced at a dinner held last week.
“All five nominees were outstanding this year,” said selection committee Chairman Larry Smith. “It is truly an honor to see so many great leaders develop in our community. Jordan Boldt’s qualifications, specifically his dedication to community health through his work with the Vancouver Farmer’s Market and his work as a volunteer firefighter, were exceptional.”
Instituted in 1989, the annual award is given to a community member age 35 or younger who demonstrates commitment to public service and leadership potential. The award commemorates General Marshall’s two-year residence in Vancouver and honors the legacy of this world statesman.