Deborah Koenigsberger is the Founder and President of Hearts of Gold, a 501 (c) (3) corporation established in 1994. A successful entrepreneur of more that 27 years, Deb started her career as a fashion model, then worked extensively as a stylist before opening her upscale women's French boutique Noir et Blanc in 1989. Located in the heart of the New York City’s very trendy neighborhood - NoMad/Flatiron, the store is a classically beautiful and elegant. Deb is a wife, a mother of two sons and a graduate of NYU. Deb was motivated by what "could and should be" and in 1994, armed with her dreams and an idea about how to make those “coulds” and “shoulds” real, she launched Hearts of Gold.
Deb has been relentless in making her dream of breaking the cycle of homelessness and identifying the resources that would make it possible a reality. Her aim; to join forces with as many homeless and formerly homeless moms and their children as possible to “reimagine their futures together” t and to make the goal of maintaining a self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle a reality …and she’s been doing it for over 22 years.. one life at a time.
Over the years Deb has assembled a very motivated group of supporters for Hearts of Gold’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Donors (both private and corporate). The list reads like a veritable Who’s Who in business and philanthropy. Friends, volunteers and supporters from all walks of life both domestically and internationally, with Deb’s leadership, have stepped up and collectively caused Hearts of Gold to become the viable change vehicle it is today.
Board of Directors: Valerie DiFebo, Cindy Finkelman, Jack Gindi, Barbara Ginsberg, Gary Magenta and Inge Zegwaard
Advisory Board: Cheryl and Michael Barrett, Beth Bowley, Amy Carlson, Marcia Gay Harden, Lawrence Konner, Rhonda Ross, Nicholas Schorsch, Shelley Schorsch, Tamara Tunie and Jerry Swartz
Deborah’s Hearts of Gold story has appeared in multiple media channels including the TODAY Show, Huffington Post, WCBS-AM, New York Times “Evening Hours”.