Marsha Naify graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. After a short stint in the field of photography, she went to work for United Artists Theatre Circuit where she spent over 15 years working in operations, management, advertising and film booking. Her recent endeavors including owning a coffee house for six years, but she has spent the last seven years in real estate management and investments. A main passion for Marsha has always been her political and philanthropic work; she has served on the City of Long Beach’s Human Relations Commission and is a past President of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club. Currently Marsha serves on an ad hoc committee for Children Today, which provides services for homeless children in Long Beach.
A thoroughbred horse owner and breeder since 2000, Marsha has campaigned many graded stakes winners including Dublino, Amorama, Blackdoun and Surf Cat. Currently she has about 12 horses in training and about 30 mares at farms in California and Kentucky.
A TOC board member since July of 2004, Marsha was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors in May of 2007. Marsha also serves as a board member for the NTRA and the RMTC, as well as NTRA Charities. "During my time on the TOC Board, we have made huge strides in the areas of drug regulation, medication guidelines and penalties, equine retirement, and owner relations and communication. We will continue to push forward with changes to increase revenues and purses, to increase our fan base, to attract new owners and retain current owners, and to improve simulcasting. The TOC represents every licensed thoroughbred owner in the state of California, which numbers about 10,000. Through that representation, TOC negotiates purse agreements with tracks on behalf of owners, and represents those owners by serving on various boards, organizations and committees that oversee about 215 million dollars in handle every year.