Our Team

Savala Trepczynski, Executive Director

Savala Trepczynski

787 Simon Hall
510-643-5402 (office)
510-642-3728 (fax)

Savala Trepczynski joined the Henderson Center in January 2016. In addition to leading the Henderson Center, Trepczynksi serves on the Faculty-Staff Climate Committee and chairs the subcommittee on Institutional Knowledge.

Prior to joining the Henderson Center, Trepczynski served for two years as Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University’s Law School in Detroit, Michigan. She helped to secure significant funding to pursue racial equity work, published two volumes of the Journal of Law in Society, and organized a wide array of social justice programming for law students, scholars, and the community. She practiced law at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, and has experience in civil rights law, complex civil litigation, and advising clients on the legal aspects of policy, ethics, and constitutional law. Trepczynksi also clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and, in 2010, served as a law clerk in the Obama Administration’s Office of White House Counsel.

Trepczynski’s writing about race, government, and social policy has appeared in the Detroit Free Press and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has spoken publicly about how implicit bias and structural racism influence chronic low wellness outcomes for African-American males, domestic violence in communities of color, and the importance of social justice work for all lawyers. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Trepczynski worked in the art world, conducting public relations and community outreach for the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.


B.A., New York University
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law


Ariana Ceja, Program Manager

897 Simon Hall
510-643-5723 (office)
510-642-3728 (fax)

Ariana Ceja joined the Henderson Center in August 2008. During her eight years on the team, she has been responsible for producing programs such as “Exposing Structural Racism From Within: The Power of Restorative Justice,” “Heeding Frickey’s Call: Doing Justice in Indian Country,” and “The New Prosperity Law: Expanding Opportunity and Reducing Inequality – 50 Years After the War on Poverty.” Prior to joining the Henderson Center, she was the Assistant to the Director of Judicial Affairs at California State University, Long Beach, where she also provided assistance to the Vice President for Student Services. An East Bay native, Ariana holds a B.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach. She cares deeply about equalizing opportunity for all races and ethnicities, particularly in the realms of higher education and affordable housing.

B.A., Humboldt State University
M.S., California State University, Long Beach


David Oppenheimer, Faculty Director


David B. Oppenheimer is a Clinical Professor of Law. Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Oppenheimer clerked for California Chief Justice Rose Bird. He then worked as a staff attorney for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, prosecuting discrimination cases, and was the founding director of the Boalt Hall Employment Discrimination Clinic. In addition to Berkeley Law, he has taught at the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University (where he served as Associate Dean), the University of Paris (Sorbonne-Pantheon), LUMSA University in Rome, and the Paris Institute of Political Science (“Sciences-Po”).

Professor Oppenheimer has presented scholarly papers on discrimination law at many universities, including Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Oxford, the Paris Institute of Political Science, Bologna, Heidelberg, Humboldt, and the University of Paris, and at the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Political Science Association. He has published articles on discrimination law in the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Human Rights Law, the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Droit et Cultures, and many others.

Professor Oppenheimer is a co-author of the casebook Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (Foundation Press 2012), and several sets of teaching materials, including Patt v. Donner: A Simulated Casefile for Learning Civil Procedure (Foundation Press 2014) and the trial advocacy case file Rowe v. Pacific Quad (NITA). He was a contributor to MacKinnon and Siegel’s Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (Yale University Press 2003), Guiomard and Robin-Olivier’s Diversite et discriminations raciales: une perspective transatlantique (Dalloz 2009), and Friedman’s Employment Discrimination Stories (Foundation Press 2006). His co-authored book, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (with M. Brown, M. Carnoy, E. Currie, T. Duster, M. Schultz and D. Wellman) (University of California Press 2003) won the 2004 Benjamin L. Hooks outstanding book award.

He teaches Civil Procedure, Leadership for Student Leaders, and Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law.

B.A., University without Walls (Berkeley) (1972)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)