Rob “Waldo” Martin

Vice President / Chief of Staff

Waldo Martin is the vice president / chief of staff at the Boettcher Foundation, where he provides strategic support to the CEO and board of trustees and manages the foundation’s operational resources.

Prior to joining the Boettcher Foundation, Waldo accumulated global experience in operations, team development, policy advising and strategy formulation during a 31-year military career. He served as a strategic advisor to the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and managed relationships and information-sharing systems with more than 50 national and international mission partners. From 2007 to 2012, Waldo directed multiple interagency teams and coordinated counter-terrorism and aerospace defense initiatives as the chief of staff of the operations division at NORAD.

Waldo is a fighter pilot and a veteran of Operation Allied Force (Kosovo) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and commanded an international flying training squadron. After retiring from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2014, Waldo provided program management for $600 million in projects at a Fortune 50 aerospace company. He has also been a guest lecturer on leadership and global issues.

Waldo grew up in various locations throughout Canada and attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He enjoys playing and coaching hockey (he is Canadian after all), fly fishing, and gardening with his family. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, stepson and their adopted plott hound, Brenda (she came with the name).

Community Involvement:

  • Falcon Youth Hockey (USAFA), board member and coach
  • Presidents Leadership Class, lecturer and interview committee member
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, past trip planner and mentor

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Fly fishing anywhere he can find a quiet stretch of Colorado water.

Fun Fact:

Waldo was a member of the world-famous Royal Canadian Air Force air demonstration team, the Snowbirds.