Caryn M. Hirshleifer, Esq. – Founder’s Award Recipient

Vice President, Hirshleifer’s

Caryn M. HirshleiferCaryn M. Hirshleifer, an attorney, currently serves as Vice-President and Counsel of Hirshleifer’s Inc., a fourth generation family owned and operated business, Hirshleifer’s, started by her great-grandfather in Brooklyn in 1905. Prior to that time, she worked as an attorney in New York City government, doing general litigation as well as serving as General Counsel to both the New York City Fire Department and to Mayor Koch’s Office on Homeless Services.

Caryn has always had a strong interest in social justice and believes firmly in the notion that those who have much abundance have a responsibility to give back. Caryn has taken the idea of giving back to a new level with the enormity of her philanthropic activities. Inspired by her belief, she has participated in two separate rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. WhyFashionMatters is a charity conceived and implemented by Caryn (, which links fashion with philanthropy. She has served on the Board of Directors of Island Harvest, a Long Island food rescue organization, and assisted in the work of Long Island Cares, Long Island’s largest food pantry. Caryn is also as a member of The Board of Trustees at Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Caryn has also has been an active a member of the LICADD’s Board of Directors since 1998, and is currently serving as Vice Chair, giving meticulous guidance in keeping the fight against addiction fortified to meet the ever changing trends that threaten the quality of family life on Long Island.

Caryn is married to David T. Goldman, MD, whom she met while attending Brandeis University in the 1970’s. She has two beautiful daughters, Jennifer, 21 and a junior at Skidmore, and Amanda, 19, and a freshman at Hartwick College. She spends her leisure time writing, reading, and playing electric bass with various high school students, and others who are young at heart.