KEITH H. WOFFORD ELECTED TO
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
New York, NY, October 13, 2020—Pam Schafler, chair of New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, and Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical, announced today that Keith H. Wofford has been elected to the New-York Historical Society’s board of trustees. His two-year term begins immediately.
“We are delighted to welcome Keith to the Board of Trustees,” said Pam B. Schafler, chair of the Board of Trustees of the New-York Historical Society. “Keith’s passion for history, erudition, and insight into both practical and theoretical legal issues are outstanding. We are honored to include him on our board and are sure to benefit immensely from his increased participation.”
Keith Wofford, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s 400-lawyer New York office, focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Keith primarily acts on behalf of investment funds specializing in distressed debt, and potential acquirors of assets of distressed companies. He regularly represents ad hoc committees of secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases and in out-of-court workouts, and he also represents official committees in Chapter 11 cases. Keith has been particularly active with respect to inter-creditor disputes, credit-bidding transactions and other acquisitions of company control through debt positions. In addition, he regularly represents clients in bankruptcy courts and other venues. Keith has represented a major energy trading concern with respect to the renegotiation or settlement of trading relationships (encompassing physical and financial trades) with several debtor counterparties (including Enron Corp., Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Mirant Corp., and others).
With an AB (cum laude) from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School, Keith has been active in a variety of professional and civic organizations, including Legal Outreach (Advisory Board), Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments (Founding Board Member), Harlem Community Development Corporation (Former Board Member), and the New-York Historical Society (Vice Chair, Chairman’s Council).
“As a life-long student of American history, I am honored to join the board of this important institution,” said Keith Wofford. “I look forward to working with my fellow trustees and the organization’s professional staff to bring important exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives to this city.”
About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library—one of only 20 members of the Independent Research Libraries Association and one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation, containing more than 10 million manuscripts, books, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.