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Co-founder and Chairman

Zaytuna College

Imam Zaid is a public figure, visionary leader, and amongst the most influential Muslim scholars in the west. Born in Berkeley, CA, he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in US Air Force. He holds a BA in International Relations at American University, an MA in Political Science at Rutgers University, studies in Cairo. He lectured at many top universities, including Stanford and U.C Berkeley, and is a frequent speaker at Muslim events.

He has served his life in activism and started several initiatives and founded several mosques. In 2003, he moved to Hayward, CA with his family to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute.