Karina Drees

Karina Drees is an experienced executive and leader with the ability to quickly identify an organization’s key assets and develop a strategic plan around its strengths. Her leadership style is inclusive and inspires others to rally behind and execute a vision, while maintaining focus on the financial aspects of the business to ensure sustainability and growth.

She currently serves as treasurer on the executive committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

PRevoiusly she served as CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port (MASP), a general aviation airport and licensed spaceport, Karina oversees a $10M budget and 50 personnel. MASP is a unique testing and operations facility and home to a diverse set of companies manufacturing and testing air and space vehicles. As CEO, Karina was responsible for maintaining more than 3,000 acres of property and managing 150 tenant contracts. She oversaw all operations at the airport and managed procedures, business operations and regional partnership development. Karina lead the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating at MASP as well as the broader industry.

Prior to MASP, Karina held senior positions in strategy, business development and operations for growing technology companies. She was most recently a member of the strategy and positioning team at SRA International. Before joining SRA, Karina held leadership positions at two investor-backed high-tech startup companies in the Washington, DC, area.

Karina previously served as a Director with the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, a board member with the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, a panelist for the National Academies of Science, a judge for the MIT Global Challenge and an SBIR proposal reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation.

Karina has a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also completed the International Space University’s (ISU) Summer Session Program in Beijing, China.