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Gans, Gans & Associates (gga) is a human resource consulting and executive search firm founded in Chicago in 1986.

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Simone Gans Barefield, CEO

Gans, Gans & Associates is a minority and women owned executive recruitment and human resources consulting firm founded in Chicago in 1986 and currently based in the Tampa Bay area. Placing the right leadership at the right place at the right time is what gga has done for our clients for over 35 years. Effective executive recruitment is both science and art and it is quantitative and qualitative. We specialize in identifying highly talented and strategic leaders and executives for organizations that are either stable, in transition or at a moment of crisis. Whatever the stage of an organization’s evolution, the challenge of selecting the right person is daunting and the process uncertain. gga demystifies the executive recruitment process and is the ideal firm – for your most challenging searches.


Jacksonville Housing is leading the way within the Housing Authority industry in developing affordable housing for the City of Jacksonville and Duval County.

Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA) prides itself on the quality housing that it provides. JHA’s vision is to be recognized as one of the premier housing authorities in the United States. They are creative and innovative in managing all aspects of its organization. They implement comprehensive plans to improve the physical conditions of their units and to expand the number of affordable housing units. They provide service to their clients which exceed their expectations and assist them in developing means to move up and out of assisted housing. Family units are dispersed throughout Duval County which makes the residents feel like a part of the community, and not targeted as low-income households.

The Chief Financial Officer serves as head of the accounting function of the Authority. Maintains control of general ledger including preparation of financial reports. Oversee periodic reporting to HUD and request funds in accordance with established procedures. Monitor and analyze reports, make recommendations and presentations. Oversee internal accounting functions, such as payroll and related withholding reporting and payment. Supervise accounting staff. The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Under the general direction of the Deputy Executive Director, the Director, Asset Management will be charged with the fiduciary responsibility of monitoring and protecting the Housing Authority’s real estate portfolio comprised of Public Housing, Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units, and other mixed- income unit types. In addition, the Director is expected to actively support and engender the development and maintenance of sound asset management practices. The Director will ensure that measures are in place to provide easy identification and diagnosis of problems with investment properties, asset repositioning, and develop action plans aimed at resolution of such problems. The Director is responsible for all activities associated with the day-to- day operations of the Housing Authority’s portfolio – including property management and maintenance of the structures, agency owned/operated buildings, facilities, grounds, and distribution systems, establishing budgets and monitoring property financial performance, and coordination of admission and occupancy functions for same.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer coordinates all aspects of site-based asset management for properties included in the portfolio of the Housing Operations Division of HDB and may support Tax Credit property activity; Home Ownership, Capital Fund, and other HUD or PHA funded housing programs. This position will also oversee the critical activities of the housing choice voucher program, including managing HDB relationships with landlords in the program, housing advocacy groups and the City of Daytona Beach. Candidate provides input into the PHA Plan, Yardi implementation for Asset Management as well as the HCV program and may assist with web support for the Asset Management activities. The Chief Operating Officer supervises Asset Management (Affordable Housing) LIHTC and Development staff.

MDHA is the housing authority in Nashville and Davidson County. MDHA employs nearly 350 staff members, has a budget of $167 million and houses approximately 30,000 people, primarily through nearly 8,000 Section 8 Vouchers and more than 6,700 apartments, primarily Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), at 39 properties. Included amongst these 39 properties are six mixed-income developments that MDHA owns and manages featuring subsidized, workforce and market-rate housing. MDHA also oversees a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, which has helped create and preserve more than 7,800 affordable housing units in the city since its inception in 2016.

In addition, MDHA administers federally funded community development and homeless assistance funding on behalf of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County through its Community Development Department.

To foster urban growth, the Agency is a development authority overseeing 11 redevelopment districts and guiding neighborhood and commercial development in the urban core. For each redevelopment district, the Design Review Committee follows a set of basic principles to determine the appropriateness of a development project. For some redevelopment districts, guidelines have been adopted that are tailored to foster particular architectural forms and development patterns in some of Nashville’s urban neighborhoods.

The Assistant Director of Planning and Development provides expertise in the planning, feasibility, financing, and execution of real estate projects that include new construction and acquisitions, serves as hub to connect both internal MDHA stakeholders and external partners to work harmoniously toward the realization of those projects.

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From GGA Clients

Thank you, Simone, for your diligence and commitment to bringing us outstanding candidates for this position. You never gave up on us and went well above and beyond expectations to help us find the right fit. You are the best!

Stephen Luecke

Commissioner, South Bend Housing Authority

“Working with Gans, Gans and Associates has been invaluable in several Executive level searches conducted at this agency.  Their professionalism and persistence to ensure the right match between candidate and position is notable.  The attention paid to culture and climate in an organization and skills, ability and personal characteristics of the candidate helps in successful placements. ”

Karen DuBois-Walton

Former President, Elm City Communities

“I have been working for housing authorities for more than 30 years and when it comes to top tier recruitment gga is my number one source for industry leaders. In Jacksonville, we were in need of a CFO, gga instantly produced a roster of first-rate candidates with outstanding qualifications. Their firm continues to be the one-stop shop for organization in need of next level executive leaders.”

Dwayne Alexander

Interim President/CEO, Jacksonville Housing Authority
“I previously served as president of one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care and related business, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies which has a high demand for qualified staff that are devoted to excellence. I first used gga in 1994 and have hired her firm numerous times at other organizations that I have managed. She has been a trusted advisor and dependable resource for our management teams at every engagement. In fact,18 years ago, Simone, helped connect me with a position that has resulted in a fantastic, fruitful career. Since that time, gga has provided us with executive search, contract staffing and diversity consulting services. At one point, our Claims department at AHMFC was successfully outsourced to gga for an 18-month staffing project. Advice given is always right on target. They not only get to know the client, but also the client’s environment. I always enjoy having gga as part of my team!”

Michael A. Rashid

Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

“gga is a proven leader in executive search providing exceptional candidates and support throughout the recruiting process. The entire gga search process is designed to empower the client to select from a strong slate of accomplished and competitive candidates that best fits their organization. Our agency had great success with gga and selected an outstanding candidate that is performing exceptionally well and enabling us to make the right decisions and rapid progress in fulfilling our mission and goals. Much of our accomplishment we attribute to the quality of the search process, guidance and support gga provided throughout in the selection, on-boarding, and orientation with our new CEO.”

Thomas Lounds

Board Chair, Spartanburg Housing Authority

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