Our Experienced Leadership Team

Omar Ezzeldine

Dr. Omar Ezzeldine
Board Chair

Omar works at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He teaches at USC’s Rossier School of Education in the school’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Education programs, and serves on the Academic Senate.

Matthew Mengerink

Matthew Mengerink
Trustee

Matthew is Vice President of Engineering at YouTube, and formerly served as the Chief Technology Officer for Happy Home, X.commerce and Magento. He previously played an instrumental role at PayPal.

Necva Ozgur

Dr. Sara H. Deen
Trustee

Sara is a cosmetic dentist, and has held clinical teaching positions at her alma mater (UCSF) and other universities. She is a leader within her local Muslim and interfaith communities, as a founding member of the Community Organizing Council at the Islamic Center of South Bay-Los Angeles, and a founding member of the Women’s Interfaith Group of the South Coast Interfaith Council (she is also a recipient of the organization’s Interfaith Unity award).

Seyed Hadi Ghazvini

Seyed Hadi Qazwini
Trustee

Seyed Hadi currently serves as the Associate Imam at the Islamic Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa, and is an Islamic educator and lecturer for many Muslim organizations and mosques around the world.

Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes

Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Trustee

Asifa is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses on in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law.

Shehzad Rokerya

Shehzad Rokerya
Trustee

Shehzad is a global investor and financier and Executive Chairman of the Interlink Group merchant bank.

Jihad Turk

Jihad Turk
President

Jihad serves as the founding president of Bayan Claremont, and was previously the Religious Director of the Islamic Center of Southern California.