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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.


Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Controller serves as the agency’s primary lead and subject matter expert on all accounting and financial management matters, providing leadership and direction for all accounting, treasury, debt management, and financial reporting functions for a housing authority with total assets in excess of $900 million and an annual budget of over $380 million. The Controller manages a division of over 20 team members that is responsible for developing and oversight of all financial policies and procedures to ensure that agency-wide financial management and operations are carried out in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Information Officer manages the Information Services, Application Support, and Information Management teams. Directs and coordinates information/business systems, technology, cybersecurity, and telecommunications planning and functions, including all phases of system design, programming, installation, and operations. Also, directs all aspects of the organization’s voice and data communication networks. Reviews and evaluates project feasibility studies based on management’s requirements and priorities and implements the installation and operation of information systems and equipment. Develops plans to ensure that the organization’s long-term telecommunications needs are identified and met.

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is the second largest public housing authority in Illinois. Established in 1946, the Housing Authority of Cook County is a municipal corporation whose jurisdiction spans 108 communities.   

The Housing Authority of Cook County administers several rental assistance programs to meet the housing needs of those who need it most in Suburban Cook County. The Housing Authority of Cook County’s conventional public housing program consists of over 2,100 owned units of low-income housing. The Rental Assistance Division services over 13,000 families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

Position Summary

The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer performs complex executive work administering and managing the Housing Authority’s Programs in accordance with Board of Commissioners directives, coordinating all Authority administrative functions, including monitoring and negotiating contracts, preparing budgets, ensuring programs are administered in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations, preparing reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Board of Commissioners.  Organizational supervision is exercised over all personnel within the organization.

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

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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