Virginia is the Community Manager at Unusual Ventures and is passionate about getting founders from 0 to 1. Surrounded by close friends building startups, Virginia joined the startup world at the global accelerator Founder Institute, where she planned and ran dozens of webinars. During her tenure at the Female Founder Initiative, she strengthened the community and provided resources for underrepresented founders through small group sessions. As the Project Manager at Silicon Valley Bank’s internal communications team, she helped founders tell their stories through video content, ran weekly meetings with over 2,500 live attendees, and supported DE&I events. At UC Berkeley Virginia designed her major, which focused on public health and development. It was through this experience she learned that, much like building a startup, paving your own path can be difficult but highly rewarding. Virginia is a native Spanish speaker and is also an alumna of River Glen, one of the first dual bilingual immersion programs in the country.
I joined Unusual because this team embraces change and community, two key elements required to properly support startups. Unusual understands that community is the Swiss army knife for companies -- it improves every area, from resource gathering to customer retention. People thrive and have better mental health when they feel a sense of belonging, which why I enjoy supporting founders as they strategically incorporate community into their companies.