Recently Marsha Anderson Bomar, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District was among the three recipients of the 2016 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award recognizes individuals or groups of individuals who are members of ASCE and who have made continuing efforts to promote appreciation for the history, tradition, developments, and technical and professional activities of the Society.
Bomar is well known as a business and community leader. In 2008, she was chair of the United Way in the Gwinnett County campaign, charged with meeting an ambitious goal in the face of an unstable and vulnerable economy. She helped the United Way raise over $150,000 in new business and met the campaign’s $4.7 million goal. In 2009, she was on board to chair again. In 2010, United Way awarded her with a Legacy Treasure Award, one of three awards given by The Women’s Leadership Council of United Way in Gwinnett County. Bomar has a passion for service and offers her time and experience toward mentoring in the engineering profession. She is known for her contributions to the field of transportation and her commitment to the community, often serving as a motivational speaker at nationwide conferences and special events. She is also the founder and former president of Street Smarts, Inc., a planning, engineering, and design firm, and Data Smarts, a data collection and analysis company.
She served as president of ASCE’s Transportation and Development Institute for the 2009-2010 term. Over the span of her career, she has participated in and lead many technical committees of the Transportation Research Board, including the Urban Goods Movement and various Data committees. Currently she is chair of the Women’s Issues in Transportation committee, which this year held its fifth research conference in Paris. She is currently serving her third term as council member and has twice been Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Duluth, GA.
Bomar earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master’s in transportation planning and engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. She also holds a master’s of civil engineering with a concentration in transportation from Princeton University. She is the author of hundreds of publications, articles, and studies.