As Vice President of Commercial Spaceflight, Kerri Knotts is at the helm of our company’s commercial portfolio. She spearheads the development of partnerships and strategic business growth initiatives and cultivates commercial space opportunities in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) economy, Cis-Lunar, and Lunar Surface.

Since joining Barrios in 2020, Kerri has supported multiple areas – as Senior Manager in Business Development, Cross-Program Integration on the Human Space Flight Technical Integration Contract (HSFTIC), and the establishment of Barrios’ Commercial Space service line.

Before joining Barrios, she worked in both the Aerospace and Oil and Gas Industries as a senior leader, executive and entrepreneur. At NASA, Kerri held numerous technical and leadership roles supporting the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station Programs, as well as the advanced Spacesuit and Moon/Mars development programs.

Her experience in human spaceflight development and operations has seen her serving a variety of roles and involves in several initiatives with NASA, such as: EVA Astronaut Trainer; certified Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center (MCC); EVA Flight Manager; Advanced EVA Systems Program leader and Systems Engineer and Integration (SE&I) Lead and management roles for LEO/Lunar/Mars applications; Constellation Program systems architecture definition for NASA exploration launch systems, human landers, and a lunar outpost; and NASA JSC Starport Manager.

During an industry lull, Kerri took on the role of CEO of a chemical additives company, where she actively managed growth and readiness for acquisition. She went on to start multiple companies servicing the oil and gas industry with cutting edge technology and services, serving in roles as President, Managing Director, and Chairwomen. 

As a graduate of the West Virginia University (WVU) Aerospace Engineering program, Kerri is a proud Mountaineer, and has served on the WVU Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Advisory Committee (2018-2022), serves on the WVU Statler College of Engineering Advisory Committee, was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as an Eminent Engineer in 2017, was elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors in 2021, and inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Kerri enjoys cheering on her two sons as they begin their own engineering careers and hanging with their two amazing dogs.