Zeyba Rahman joined the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in 2013 as senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. Rahman manages the Building Bridges Program’s national grant making to support projects that advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Before joining the foundation, Rahman led internationally and nationally recognized projects as a creative director/producer to promote understanding between diverse communities. The roles she has performed include: director, Asia and North America, Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco; artistic director, Arts Midwest’s Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet; curator, BAM’s Mic Check Hip Hop; creative consultant, Public Programs, Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia Galleries; chief curator, Alliance Francaise’s World Nomads Morocco Festival; project director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts' Global Cultural Connections; and senior advisor, Muslim Voices Festival.
She is the advisor to Artworks for Freedom, on the nominating committee of the Civitella Foundation in Italy and an advisor to PBS’s “Sacred,” a documentary series. Twice honored by New York City’s government, Rahman is the subject of two television profiles as a global arts leader. In 2019, she became a board member of Grantmakers in the Arts.