Samara is the Founding Partner of an institutionally-backed pre-seed stage fund, Chingona Ventures, focusing on investing in tech and tech-enabled companies across the U.S. Before this, she was an investor at MATH Venture Partners; led new investment review, diligence, and execution. Before VC, she worked at Goldman Sachs, continually ranked top 5 in selling financial products, providing market insights, advising on portfolio construction, and consulting business practices. Her career started in the Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodity (FICC) group and led multiple tech-enhancing projects across global exchanges. Actively involved in the Chicago tech community and passionate about helping underrepresented groups get STEM education, VC, and entrepreneurship. Co-founded Latinx Founders Collective to bring together Latinx founders, investors, and community leaders to support the entrepreneur.