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The Museum of the American Revolution today announced the election of Mark R. Shenkman, Founder, President, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Shenkman Capital, as the newest member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. 

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Mark R. Shenkman

Shenkman founded Shenkman Capital in 1985. The firm is considered one of the world’s leading high yield investment advisors with offices in New York, Stamford, and London.

“Mark is a highly respected and successful leader in his industry, with a long and distinguished career,” said Museum Chairman General John Jumper. “We are incredibly fortunate to benefit from his vision, experience, and leadership as well as his personal passion for our nation’s founding history.”

Mark Ronald Shenkman is considered one of the pioneers in leveraged finance. In 2018, he was inducted into the Fixed Income Analyst Society Hall of Fame. He has co-authored two textbooks on the high yield market.

Prior to founding Shenkman Capital, he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of First Investors Asset Management in New York. He also was Co-Manager and Vice President of the High Yield Bond Department at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in New York, where he established one of Wall Street’s earliest departments dedicated to the research, sales, and trading of high yield securities. 

Shenkman has built major collections of American political flags, U.S. paper currency, and American historical documents and memorabilia.

Shenkman was a 20-year member of the Board of Directors of the University of Connecticut Foundation and served as Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2013. He is a Trustee Emeritus at The George Washington University, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and is a former member at the College of William and Mary Mason School of Business Board of Advisors. 

He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (1965) and an MBA from The George Washington University (1967). Shenkman received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Connecticut (2007). He also served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Computer Systems Command.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.