Karina Drees is President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, officially joining CSF on January 4, 2021.
As President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Drees develops the strategic vision for the organization to support the growing commercial space industry. She manages the priorities of its more than 85 member companies and pursues key national policy priorities to help spur innovation and advance the Nation’s space capabilities.
Prior to CSF, Drees was CEO and General Manager of Mojave Air & Space Port (MASP), a general aviation airport and licensed spaceport in California. As CEO, Drees was responsible for leading the implementation of strategic initiatives for the benefit of the companies operating at MASP as well as the broader industry. She oversaw all operations at the spaceport and managed procedures, business operations and regional partnership development.
Drees previously 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, Drees held leadership positions at two investor-backed high-tech startup companies in the Washington, DC, area.
Drees 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. She currently serves as vice chair for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), an advisor to Voyager Space Holdings, and an advisor to the Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurship at USC. Drees previously served as a board member for 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.