Rebecca Tweneboah: In-House Attorney, New York City Football Club
#BakersDozen is a series of interviews with leading professionals in the fields of law, consulting, finance, tech, and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in (or a customer of) the legal business?
To tell the truth, it was by happenstance really. I graduated from undergrad where I played varsity soccer all 4yrs and hadn’t quite given thought to what I wanted to do afterwards. I escaped to Australia for 6 months and told my parents when I came back I’d go to fashion school, and let’s just say they were less than please with the idea, so I came back and ended up in law school, and that’s how it began.
As for ending up at NYCFC, it was my mentor, Michael Grohman at Duane Morris, who introduced me to the MLS Commissioner and through a winding road I was recommended by head of legal for MLS to NYCFC, and here I am. Right place, right time, really – that’s generally how these things work out.
What do you do for a living right now?
I’m an in-house lawyer at New York City Football Club. I also started my own fashion line, Moi by Yaa, we create African-inspired garments using traditional African fabrics where all of the clothing is made in Ghana.
What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
My greatest triumph and success has been launching my own business that invests back into Ghana, a country of origin for me. My legal background really helped me be able to maneuver in a different legal environment and figure out what I really needed to know. But I’m most proud of seeing ordinary people wear my clothing and how something so simple as clothes can connect two worlds to each other.