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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 position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports directly to the NAHRO Board of Governors, under the stewardship of the President and Senior Vice President, and the Steering Committee. The CEO is responsible to follow the mandates, resolutions, goals, and procedures established by the Board of Governors and largely interpreted through the NAHRO Constitution and resolved by and through the committee structures to the Steering Committee. Responsibilities also include the daily management of all operations of NAHRO through supervision, delegation, coordination, planning, and management of paid staff in the administrative sector of the association. The CEO, via contract, serves as the spokesperson, liaison, and coordinator with major stakeholders. This position is clearly an association executive and leader.

The duties of this position include a wide range of managerial responsibilities related to multiple aspects of the Leased Housing Programs. Reporting to the Director of Leased Housing the Managing Director plans, delegates, coordinates, reviews, and evaluates the activities of staff responsible for ensuring applicant, tenant, or vendor compliance with requirements in one or more functional areas of the Leased Housing Programs. The position will directly supervise managers but will be responsible for the overall performance of the teams working in their program area. The individual will work closely with the Rental Assistance Directors and senior staff in other departments in a collaborative manner to develop and implement systems, processes and protocols which improve program administration, maximize efficiency and provide the highest quality service to tenants, property owners, and staff. The Managing Director will frequently be required to use independent judgment in making recommendations and decisions in accordance with existing procedures or written guidelines, such as Metro Housing policies, HUD regulations, handbooks, desk references, or existing records.

Under the general direction of the Boards of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Fresno and the Housing Authority of Fresno County (jointly referred to as “Fresno Housing” or “FH”), the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director (CEO) has full executive responsibility and accountability for overall management of the organization, including strategic, financial, programmatic, and operational leadership. The CEO is expected to serve as an advisor to the Boards of Commissioners on FH’s vision, mission, and strategic plan, which includes short- and long-range objectives relating to housing development, property and asset management, neighborhood revitalization, housing assistance programs, resident empowerment programs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, and anti-poverty initiatives. The CEO is the organization’s key spokesperson and advocate and will be responsible for fostering positive relationships among federal, state, and local governments and officials, private and non-profit agencies, FH residents, clients and vendors, and the community at large.

This is a highly responsible, executive level position that oversees the Fort Worth Housing Solutions’ day to day financial/accounting operations, Information Technology functions and other administrative activities.

Under the general direction of the President, the Vice President of Finance and Administration is responsible for strategic planning, financial analysis, policy development and problem resolution for the Accounting, and Information Technology departments. Maintains the financial well-being of the agency by providing financial projections and accounting services; prepares growth plans; monitors and reports the financial transactions in the Authority’s programs; directs and supervises staff; develops organizational and operational strategies; forecasts economic conditions; identifies business opportunities; reduces costs; and maximizes return on invested funds.

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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