Posted by Jon Wang on Apr 06, 2018
Biography ~ Maricela Solis de Kester
Maricela is the Director of Operations & Government Relations of World View, an Arizona based spaceflight company that operates in two primary business segments: Stratollite uncrewed flight systems Stratollites, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies.  As Director of operations and government relations, Maricela oversees all hiring, IT and government relations.
Prior to World View, Maricela's impressive life and career includes the following:
  • Maricela previously worked as District Director to Congressman Ron Barber, overseeing all district office operations. She supervised the Tucson and Sierra Vista staff while representing the Congressman at key community functions. She regularly traveled throughout the district to keep abreast of stakeholder concerns.
  • She was also Chief of Staff and Economic Development Policy Adviser to City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Here she developed strategic plans for economic development opportunities with Mexico. She coordinated the day-to-day operations and staff. She managed Mayor’s agenda while advising on issues of public policy.
  • Prior to joining Mayor Rothschild’s staff, Maricela was President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As the leader of the organization, she was responsible for organization growth and advocacy.
A long time Tucson resident, she is a graduate of the UA, BA in communication. She is happily married and together they have a 12 year old son.  She loves Tucson and enjoys working with the local community to further the regions economic opportunities.