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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 almost 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.


The Executive Vice President of Development has the overall responsibility for managing the operations and administration of the Real Estate Development Department. Critical functions of this position include real estate development, multi-family design, construction, finance, program administration and federal, state, and municipal regulatory compliance. Provides leadership and direction in the Strategic Asset Model (“SAM”) and facilitates increased operational effectiveness and efficiency due to an ongoing and changing regulatory environment to develop affordable housing and be responsive to community affordable housing needs. As part of a team, negotiates development, regulatory, and operating agreements on behalf of INLIVIAN. Coordinates assigned activities with other City of Charlotte departments and outside agencies.

The Senior Vice President, HCVP and ECOD directs the overall operations of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) and the Eligibility and Continued Occupancy Department (ECOD) in order to aid low income residents in acquiring safe, affordable housing.  Working under administrative direction of the Executive Director, the Senior Vice President, HCVP and ECOD will be responsible for the long-term planning for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, providing leadership and advice on all related matters.  Incumbent will manage program quality, leasing, terminations, recertifications, interim changes, Housing Quality Standards inspections, Multifamily Tenant Characteristic System (MTCS), submissions and portability.  The Senior Vice President, HCVP and ECOD also will play a key role in the oversight of a variety of Special Programs, including the HCVP Existing and HCVP Moderate and Substantial Rehabilitation (11B Projects) Special Programs, the District of Columbia Housing Authority Homeownership Program, and the Family-Self Sufficiency Program, as well as participate in proposing, advising, and implementing Agency policies and procedures.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (“DCHA” or the “Authority”) is responsible for the following:  administering Housing Choice Voucher Subsidy Programs; ensuring program compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations and applicable District of Columbia laws; managing and coordinating the placement of applicants and the delivery of resident services and support programs with the Eligibility and Continued Occupancy program; coordinating the documentation of tenant grievances/complaints with the Office of Fair Hearings; coordinating subsidy payments with the Office of the Controller; monitoring the expiration of leases; coordinating with the appropriate Offices/Administrations and District of Columbia agencies the pre-occupancy inspections and periodic inspections throughout the lease term of subsidized units to ensure compliance with all applicable District of Columbia laws, including the housing, building fire codes and health laws; and conducting annual and intermittent re-examination of family income.  All activities of the Director, HCVP must support DCHA’s strategic goals and objectives and produce results that accomplish the goals of the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Eligibility and Continued Occupancy Department.

The Vice President of Private Housing oversees the management and operations of Authority-owned, administered, and managed properties. The Vice President of Private Housing also oversees asset management operations and ensures compliance with relevant regulations. This position also develops and oversees the implementation of policies and procedures to ensure program compliance with HUD, RAD, and private investor regulations, and guidelines.

The Property Management Director manages the strategic activities and operations for public housing within the city of Norfolk, Virginia. This position oversees the development and implementation of affordable housing property management programs, including public housing, project based voucher and low-income housing tax credit properties, as well as develops, oversees, and coordinates the operational strategies for assigned communities, other communities, other departments, and outside agencies. 

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From GGA Clients

“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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