Our Team

The TalentFront Team

TalentFront clients are entrepreneurial leaders who believe that the key to organizational success is people. Our company was founded to help these managers create and/or transform their companies and organizations into talent-focused environments. Our team understands the joy of partnering with clients and candidates and that flows from the top down.

Marcia Call, the founder of TalentFront, has years of experience working on both the agency and corporate sides of the talent equation. Marcia has worked with staffing, contingent and retained search providers, and has experience managing a top-flight recruiting team. She understands the pressures you face in building and retaining talent in this highly competitive marketplace as well as the role TalentFront’s outsourced recruiting team can play.

Marcia Call

CEO

I founded TalentFront in 2012 as an alternative to contingent and retained recruiting solutions. We provide outsourced recruiting to government contracting companies, start-ups and technology firms, as well as nonprofits. TalentFront leverages my background in marketing, sales, and recruiting to drive results for our clients.

Prior to TalentFront, I worked for In-Q-Tel (IQT), as their Chief People Officer. IQT is a nonprofit strategic investment firm serving the Intelligence Community. I was responsible for the talent management function including recruitment, performance management, leadership development, and succession planning.

Previously, I was the President of McKinley Marketing Partners, a boutique staffing firm providing top-notch marketing and communications talent. I was responsible for the company’s sales, recruiting, and marketing efforts. I shaped many of the company’s key operating principles and best practices. Earlier in my career, I worked as a marketer serving both trade and consumer nonprofit organizations. I worked for the American Trucking Associations, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the March of Dimes among others.

I am proud to be a card-carrying Bobcat—a cum laude graduate of Bates College. After college, I served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) with the Peace Corps, providing health information in Swahili and French to a rural population in the eastern region of Kivu. A native of New Castle, New Hampshire, I call Alexandria, Virginia home sweet home.

Specialties: Recruiting in technology startups, nonprofit, and government contracting environments

Alina Zheng

Operations Manager

As TalentFront’s Operations Manager, Alina works closely with our clients to learn about their organization’s needs and goals to help them find the right candidates. To Alina, working in recruitment is rewarding because it’s a chance to connect people with jobs and companies they’re truly excited about! However, working in HR surprisingly wasn’t her first choice. Her education and professional career started in political science.

In 2015, Alina graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and decided to pursue her Master’s in International Affairs at NYU. For years, Alina pictured herself working in academia, but after two years into her PhD program and as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania, she realized academic research wasn’t where she wanted to be. Research and long-term projects didn’t feel as fulfilling as she once thought. She realized her favorite part of political science had always been the people—interacting with people, studying people, and hearing their stories. That’s when she decided to explore human resources.

“Human resources and recruiting combined the human aspect of the work I was doing, with a workflow that’s more enjoyable.” Alina is all about the process; she loves working with candidates and clients from day one phone screenings, all the way to final conversations.

TalentFront’s human-first approach and team culture has made the start to her recruiting career enjoyable; “It’s nice to have a team where everyone is appreciated. We have such open communication and trust with each other and it’s a great place to be.” When Alina isn’t helping clients build their dream teams, she enjoys playing piano and cello and going to different restaurants.

Alina’s Advice for Job Seekers

“A lot of the advice out there tells candidates to sell themselves, but in a flashy way—to the point where I think they get caught up in the act of selling themselves. But a lot of times, a recruiter or a client isn’t looking for that; instead of focusing on sounding impressive, we want to know who you are! What journey you’ve been on in your career and why you’re interested in this position right now. Just be yourself”

Chase Cole

Talent Recruiting Associate

Chase is a former football and club basketball player who studied Business Communications at Stevenson University in Pikesville, MD. Being on Stevenson’s sports teams was where Chase learned how to simultaneously be competitive, and work on a team to achieve a common goal. During a later internship as the Fort Belvoir Assistant coach, his focus pivoted from player to leader. As the assistant coach, Chase not only taught young kids how to play football, but was a role model supporting them on and off the field. “I was there for whatever they needed.”

While at Stevenson, Chase took a variety of writing classes that involved interviewing students and staff  across the university. Chase enjoyed these conversations – connecting with people and having unique, meaningful conversations that ultimately led to a great human-interest story. “They trusted me and I knew that by relating to them and formatting the right questions. I could craft a good interview, but most importantly get to know a new person.” He did not realize that this effort would lead to a career, but that is how it turned out for Chase.

As someone who’s always been passionate about people and understanding their goals, recruiting offered Chase the perfect start ! His first stint in recruiting was with Aerotek. He enjoyed interviewing candidates and supporting them in being placed in roles that would advance their careers. Chase is now expanding that passion to connect and advance the goals and careers of others at TalentFront!

“I enjoy being more hands-on and being a part of an overall process that is helping companies grow. I feel like this is important work and not just personally rewarding.”

As a Talent Recruiting Associate, Chase spends his day reviewing resumes, scheduling, coordinating and conducting interviews. Chase lives in Georgia, and when he isn’t working, he likes to keep busy working out, playing basketball and video games with friends, reading, and journaling!

Chase’s Advice for Job Seekers

“A lot of people don’t believe in themselves, and it’s really easy to get down on yourself, especially when you’re job hunting. But trust the process, the position that you’ve always wanted is right around the corner so work hard and believe that, and everything will work out.”

Hayley Gibson George

Senior Recruiting Associate

Hayley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in 2020. As a former D1 soccer athlete, she loved learning about the body. Recruitment, on the other hand, wasn’t on her radar when she first started school! She planned on becoming a physical therapist but realized she was eager to get into the professional world upon graduation. Given her background, recruiters had been reaching out to her about science and lab positions. However, as an outgoing, social person, those roles didn’t seem to suit her either. Hayley was actually more interested in the recruiter than the roles.

She decided to ask one of her recruiters about what they do in their day to day and was immediately intrigued. In January 2021, Hayley joined a large staffing agency and began her recruitment career. Ready to make the switch to a smaller company, she joined TalentFront a few months later. As a TalentFront recruiter, Hayley conducts a number of interviews every day for a variety of clients. She loves being able to talk to new people every day and have the chance to hear their stories; “It’s very eye-opening to see other people’s professional journeys because I know mine has been unique too.”

When she’s not working, Hayley loves spending time with her husband and their two dogs and cats. She enjoys running, working out, and volunteering at non-profit organizations and rescue shelters.

Hayley’s Advice for Job Seekers

“Take your time and find the right fit because it will pay off in the long run. Don’t rush into something – just truly make sure the job and company are the right fit for you!”

Malik Brooks

Recruiting Associate

As someone who’s always loved music (and had a band in high school!), Malik received a Bachelor of Science in Music Management from Georgia State University in 2019. Throughout his time at Georgia State, Malik was a part of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. When attending a volunteer event, the Head of Recruitment for the fraternity’s national chapter couldn’t help but notice Malik’s energetic and magnetic personality. Although Malik had imagined himself starting a career in the music industry, he joined the chapter as a full-time recruiter after graduation. He was able to travel to various states like Colorado, California, and Texas and loved the people he met along the way.

When Malik had to take a break from recruitment due to the pandemic, he filled his time with film making, production and even started his own management company for various actors and musicians! He found his way back into recruitment in June 2021 when he joined a large staffing firm, but realized the culture wasn’t quite the right fit. TalentFront founder Marcia reached out to him a few months later and Malik joined the team in September 2021. Now, he can’t help but rave about the TalentFront culture; “Marcia has built and structured a great company. The people I work with are always excited to help one another.”
Outside of work, Malik still enjoys working with his friends on their music, films and even plays acoustic guitar, bass and piano.

Malik’s Advice for Job Seekers

“Be able to explain your resume and walk through your career history in a conversational way. That will give us a better idea of you rather than just reading the bullets off of a paper!”

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