Director of Player Personnel
Ena Patel joined the Rapids in January 2018 as the club’s director of player personnel. In her role, Patel reports to Executive Vice President & General Manager Pádraig Smith and oversees player contracts, salary budget, regulatory compliance, and soccer operations protocols.
Patel came to Colorado by way of the San Francisco Bay Area where she advised clients in international tax planning, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructurings as an associate at DLA Piper LLP and Baker McKenzie. Prior to her focus on international tax planning, Patel was part of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's trust and estates practice group in Chicago.
A graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in Political Science, Patel would go on to earn her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, and later a Master of Laws in Taxation from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, where she graduated with honors.