Mr. Solis started his career with FDA in 1998. Prior to working in FDA, Mr. Solis worked in the R&D field focusing on Medical Device and Drug Application Products with Biotechnology firms. Mr. Solis has held many positions within FDA that includes working at the FDA lab in Irvine, Ca., HQ positions with the Division of Import Operations in Rockville, MD, working at FDA HQ – IT branches and working in the FDA Los Angeles District Office Enforcement Operations. Mr. Solis was selected to be the Division Director for the Division of West Coast Imports on February 9, 2018. Prior to that, he was the Director of Import Operations for the Los Angeles District since 2009. He now runs one of the largest Import Divisions in the FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations. The Division of West Coast Imports manages all FDA Air and Sea Port Offices and FDA Import employees in the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and Hawaii.
Mr. Solis has had many accomplishments within FDA and these are a few notables: Implementation of PREDICT at all ports in the US, the implementation of electronic communications and paperless transactions initiatives with the Trade Associations, formation of the CBP/FDA Teams including the Opioid Task Force and the Federal Destruction Redelivery Team, formation of the West Coast ACE Team, formation of Federal and State Task Forces, conducting Federal Operations, streamlining the refusal process in the Ports of LA, San Francisco and Seattle, and development of strong partnerships with the filers, brokers and importers in the Pacific Region.
Mr. Solis is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in the program area of Import Operations and gives local, as well as, national training on Imports Investigations. He is a member of the National Leadership Development Workgroup at FDA’s Office of Training and Education Development, has served as a mentor for the Federal Executive Board in Los Angeles and the Potential Supervisor Program within FDA, member of the FSMA Workgroup at HQ working on FSVP implementation. He also has had integral roles in FDA Operations with other Federal Agencies, working with CBP, HSI, USDA, FWS, DEA and State and local law enforcement agencies. Currently, aside from his duties at the port, Mr. Solis is also a member of the FSMA – Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Implementation Team as well as the Associate Commissioner’s IT Advisory Workgroup, the Associate Commissioner’s Import Advisory Panel, member of AFDO, WAFDO, ASQ, OCRA and the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA).
Mr. Solis holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of LaVerne and a Bachelor’s Degree from University California of Irvine.