Marsha Naify is the newly elected chair of the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California following the retirement of Alan Landsburg, the organization announced May 25.
Her election, which came May 7, marks the first time in TOC's 12-year existence that a woman will head the 15-member board. Naify was first elected to the TOC in July of 2005; she spent her last year on the board serving as vice chair of Southern California. Landsburg retired after three years in the position.
Since leaving United Artists Theatre Circuit, where she worked for more than 15 years, Naify has split her time between her real estate business, her civic and philanthropic work and her Thoroughbred racing and breeding interests. She was a mayoral appointee to the City of Long Beach’s human relations commission and served on the city’s inaugural hate crimes response team. Currently, Naify, a Long Beach resident, sits on the advisory board for Harbor Area Halfway House, and is involved in supporting St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, UNICEF and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Born and raised in San Francisco, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
“I look forward to using my experience in business as well as my experience with nonprofit organizations to make TOC the best organization possible,” said Naify. Since purchasing her first horse seven years ago, Naify has built up her Thoroughbred racing and breeding business, which is headquartered in Del Mar. Previous stakes winners from her stable include Dublino, Blackdoun and Amorama. She currently has stakes winners Surf Cat, Selvatica and Storm Wolf among her horses in training.