"Through her volunteerism and philanthropy Ms. Marsha Naify works to make Long Beach and the world a better place. She is a feminist, lesbian, civil rights and animal rights activist. She works at the local and national level to broaden the rights of all people." Nominators Julie Bartolotto, Historical Society of Long Beach, and Virginia Acevedo
2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee
- Co-Chair of Historical Society of Long Beach's LGBT History Project steering committee, giving time and money to create a multi-year effort to increase archival resources documenting the local LGBT community.
- Results from project included a year-long exhibition entitled "Coming Out in Long Beach," which chronicled the gay community's struggle for equality and justice from 1914 to the present, as well as a gala grand opening, seven oral history interviews, archival sources preserved for future generations, panel discussions, multiple history conference presentations, and internships with local college students.
- Naify honored by the Lambda Democratic club in 2013 for her efforts in making LGBT History Project possible - the project helped to place LGBT history in the context of Long Beach and gained positive recognition for the Community. Naify continues to be an advisor to the Historical Society of Long Beach.
- President of Long Beach Lamda Democratic Club from 2001-2004. Under her leadership the club continued to promote LGBT rights, garnered greater political influence, increased membership and raised more funds than the club had previously raised.
- Has served as a member of the City of Long Beach's Human Relations Commission and worked to ensure fair treatment for LGBT residents. Currently an active board member of Children Today, a Long Beach organization that works to "foster long-term stability and success in children and families who are facing homelessness or who are involved in the child welfare system."
- Since 2000 has owned and bred Thoroughbred race horses and currently owns Liberty Road Stables in Del Mar, CA. First female elected to the Thoroughbred Owners of California in 2007 and served as chair through 2010. First woman to serve on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors.