Madeline Kolbe Saltzman

VP of Culture, True Ventures

Madeline is True Ventures’ VP of culture. Prior to joining the team, she was the VP of people and talent at Handshake, a True portfolio company. As Handshake grew from seedling startup to nationally acclaimed college career network, she ensured the organization’s inclusive culture scaled with it and that every interviewee felt a sense for the team’s mission to democratize access to opportunity.

In her role as VP of culture at True, Madeline helps True founders hire and grow teams that respect and reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, thrive in the face of challenges, and pursue values-driven work. Within the firm, she leads True’s people initiatives and ensures organizational health. Before Handshake, Madeline focused on hiring high-performing talent and building strong, inclusive cultures at Cadre, Tumblr, and Google.

A San Francisco native, Madeline returned to the Bay Area in 2016. Her hidden talents include speaking three languages and investigating all things wellness and eco-friendly. She is passionate about mentoring young women through #BuiltbyGirls and nurturing more authentic connection across the industry. Madeline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a major in political science and minor in French literature.

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