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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.


Under general supervision the Senior Counsel is responsible for drafting and/or reviewing documents relating to the development of affordable housing and other legal documents, including but not limited to, procurement solicitations, contracts, license agreements, leases for non-residential properties, Board resolutions, human resources policies, etcetera. In addition, the Senior Counsel will be responsible for advising management on issues involving the agency’s public housing and voucher programs and reviewing or drafting correspondence and other documents relevant to the agency’s operations.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for directing and executing Columbia Housing’s (CH) business management plans and directing the day-to-day operations, services, and housing programs of Columbia Housing. This position is responsible for establishing, implementing, and monitoring all management policies and procedures to be followed by staff in all aspects of housing programs administered by CH, as well as capital improvements, resident services and information technology related to such programming. The COO will assist the CEO in planning, developing, and promoting Columbia Housing’s development and housing programs and coordinate activities with local, state, and federal government agencies. Identify strategic development/acquisition targets and submit plans for accomplishing goals.

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Chief Finance Officer must possess the ability to oversee and direct the Housing Authority of the City of Camden’s (HACC) Finance Department.  This position requires experience with budget preparation, accounting, financial analysis, managerial financial reporting, cost benefit analysis and auditing as mandated and regulated by state and federal governments.  The position requires excellent analytical and communication skills as statistical and financial reporting is an essential element to this position.

This position involves directing an entire financial management team which encompasses coordinating and synthesizing all functional activities associated with budget preparation, accounting, financial analysis, managerial financial reporting, cost benefit analysis, and auditing.

The work involves the review, analysis, evaluation, and reporting on program accomplishments in financial terms, the comparison of program performance with operating plans and standards as reflected in financial data, and reporting on and interpreting financial information with the objective of promoting efficiency and economy in terms of the results or program benefits as compared to monetary expenditures.

The functions of this position also involve responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing financial policies, procedures, and plans as well as the development, coordination, and maintenance of a comprehensive system for the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of financial data to provide the HACC management with effective financial control.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Financial Management and Compliance Center Director leads the efficient and effective operation of the Financial Management and Compliance Center (FMCC); manages the financial and accounting activities of the Clearwater Housing Authority (CHA), Clearwater Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), and the Economies of Scale (EOS) partner agencies. Plans, organizes, directs, advises, monitors and reports on activities related to investments, accounting, budgeting, auditing, cash management, analysis and financial reporting; directs and administers internal quality control and compliance audits of program files; and ensures financial integrity and compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as investor requirements and agency policy of CHA, CHDC, and EOS partner 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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