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Marsha Naify is the daughter of former Chairman of the Board of United Artists, Marshall Naify. The family owns and race Thoroughbred horses at their 265-acre farm “Pillar Stud” in Lexington, KY. Upon Marshall’s death in 2000, Marsha sold the property and horses through a dispersal sale. The farm was eventually acquired by its current owner, but Marsha remains involved in racing as an owner. Marsha Naify became the first woman to head the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Marsha 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. Marsha 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, and also holds certificates in nonprofit program administration and nonprofit executive management from Cal State Long Beach and UC-Irvine, respectively.