About me

Hi there - I am Maria Salamanca. I am a venture capital investor at Unshackled Ventures, a day 0 pre-seed fund based in San Francisco. I joined the fund in 2015, the same year it was founded. Since then I been involved in 65+ investments and see ~2K deals a year.

I also have spent time in the political world. I started my career at FWD.us a a bipartisan political organization focused on immigration and criminal justice reform. The group was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman and other tech leaders.

After the 2016 election I was founding COO at Swing Left (where I am now a Board Member) and supported Higher Ground Labs with the first ever political technology landscape.

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I was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States when I was 7 years old. I was raised in Orlando, Florida and attended a huge high school of 4k students. I wasn't an amazing student but I committed to the things I fell in love with early. I was Public Forum Debate Captain and Student Body President (I only mention this because these years were more formative than most). I then attended UC Berkeley where I studied Government and Legal Studies. I live in the Bay Area with my fiancé Alex Marshall.

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