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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 Director provides leadership and strategic direction for a large and complex affordable housing developer and asset/property management entity with a wide portfolio of HUD programs as well as extensive non-HUD regulated assets. The scope of strategic and operational leadership and direction covers property management and maintenance, financial and asset management, property acquisition and development, repair and weatherization programs, resource conservation, resident and community services, HCV program management, program research and evaluation. Responsibilities include development of strategic objectives, goal and policies under the direction of the Board of Commissioners, short and long term financial planning and the successful execution of day to day operations. Organizational supervision is exercised over all personnel within the organization using a consistent, clear, highly collaborative and supportive communication style.

The Executive Director must work strategically and diplomatically with a wide variety of public officials and governmental entities, nonprofits, large employers, private developers, professional associations and advocacy organizations in a collaborative and persuasive manner.  The Executive Director must have a strong grounding in housing development and operations and be knowledgeable about federal, state and local affordable housing programs, particularly programs that can be used to expand or sustain KCHA’s housing inventory. The Executive Director must have an understanding of regional housing trends and the social, economic, health and support needs of low-income housing populations and their communities. It is essential that the Executive Director also have a clear understanding of the history of housing discrimination, displacement and racial disparities in access to housing and public services.  The Executive Director must have a genuine commitment to racial equity and remediation of past community harm and the ability to employ a racial equity analysis to complex issues.  Equity is a critical element of KCHA’s mission and the Executive Director must ensure equity is embedded in all of KCHA’s programs and services.

The Board of Commissioners is seeking a candidate with exceptional leadership qualities to lead an executive team in a complex organization comprised of experts in all of the operational, technical, regulatory, and financial aspects of public housing. The Executive Director is the chief operating officer for Home Forward, reports to, and serves as the senior advisor to the Board of Commissioners in the implementation of the agency’s vision, mission, strategies, policies, and operational objectives, and guides its evolution toward becoming a diverse, anti-racist, equitable and inclusive organization. The Executive Director advises the Board of all developments affecting Home Forward programs and operations and prepares reports of information and documents necessary for Board deliberations. The Executive Director provides overall direction for the strategic, programmatic, development, asset management and preservation, and financial performance goals for the agency and is responsible for achieving these objectives by attracting, developing, managing, and retaining an effective, diverse workforce.

The National Policy Director will help to design and lead the short-term and long-term policy agenda for the organization’s priorities for federal legislation, regulations, policies, and programs, as well as strategies to increase access to real estate and mortgage financing. Additionally—but secondarily—this position will identify emerging state legislative opportunities that could result in scaling permanently affordable housing and provide support for coalitions and campaigns. The ideal candidate will bring deep experience and a commitment to centering a racial equity lens in strategically advancing innovative housing policy and advocacy solutions that reverse disparities and improve outcomes for communities of color.

Core Components

  • Conducting federal and state legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis.
  • Communicating with and mobilizing members and stakeholders on advocacy efforts, including writing policy briefs and support materials for effective advocacy.
  • Acting as the representative of Grounded Solutions in coalitions and cultivating strategic partnerships.
  • Meeting with Congressional offices, federal agencies, public officials, and financial institutions for education and advocacy.
  • Promoting public awareness of the affordable housing models and solutions the organization represents and the challenges faced by the shared equity housing field.

The National Policy Director must be able to work independently and collaboratively, have discerning judgement about what should be raised to executive leadership, and—most of all—be driven to accomplish major policy wins for the field, especially at the federal level. This position will work collaboratively with staff, our network members, partners, consultants, and external stakeholders to foster relationships and lead effective partnerships focused on new and improved policies that will increase access to resources at local, state, and national levels.

The National Policy Director will foster a positive organizational culture and be excellent at cross-department coordination. This position reports to the VP of National Strategy and is a part of the organization’s senior leadership team. The Director will not supervise internal staff, but they will be responsible for managing projects and consultants with minimal oversight.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director or their designee, the Chief Officer of Real Estate plans, organizes, directs, and manages the real property acquisition/disposition, development functions, and asset management functions, of real estate owned by the Authority, its subsidiaries and affiliates or owned by partnerships in which the Authority, its subsidiaries and affiliates participate. Supervises multiple departments and Directors, as assigned, including Real Estate, Asset Management Departments, and nonprofit organizations, including facilitating board meetings, and their administration and business activities.

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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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