Executive Team

Hamza Yusuf :  President

Hamza Yusuf is president of Zaytuna College. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Hamza Yusuf has been ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The Muslim 500, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin.

Dr. Mahan Mirza :  Dean of Faculty

Dr. Mahan Mirza is Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College. Having studied in traditional Muslim, interfaith, and secular academic settings, he engages in the study of Islam from multiple perspectives. He has taught a range of courses over the years, including introductory Arabic, Islamic religious thought, western religious traditions, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, history of science in Islamic societies, Hadith, and the Qur’an at Yale University (summer 2005-6), California State University, Chico (2007-2009), and the University of Notre Dame (2009-2011). Mahan Mirza is also a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Dr. Colleen Keyes :  Dean of Student Affairs

Dr. Colleen Keyes is a scholar and administrator who joined Zaytuna College in 2013. After teaching at universities in the United States and abroad for several years, she earned tenure as a professor of English and Spanish at Tunxis Community College in Connecticut, where she also served for five years as chair of the Humanities Department. In 2001, she was appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at Tunxis, giving her oversight over the college’s degree and certificate programs, the faculty, the counseling department, and the library. Throughout her career, she has also been an active member of a number of Muslim community centers and peace and justice organizations.

Waheed Rasheed :  Vice President of Finance and Administration

Waheed Rasheed is a visionary leader with a passion for innovation, creativity, and driving change. He has helped guide the direction of Zaytuna College since 2012, overseeing the expansion of its campus and its administrative growth. He brings to Zaytuna extensive professional experience in strategic marketing and development for industry-leading technology companies. With a motivational management style and a commitment to change leadership, he has driven cross-functional teams and transformed work culture to generate $500 million in product lines. He has also traveled extensively and possesses a keen understanding of business culture across the world.