Lelah Vaga, Vice President – Jurisdiction Relations

Lelah Vaga

Lelah joins the WPG team after 16 years at Verizon. In Lelah’s final role there, she was the Sr. Manager of Municipal Engagement for the Pacific Northwest. Lelah lead Verizon’s efforts to obtaining the necessary master lease agreement, right of way use agreements, and municipal code updates for the deployment of small cell wireless in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii.

Lelah specializes in demystifying wireless technology for those outside of the wireless industry. She works closely with local governments and utilities to develop design standards and codes that provide paths forward for new technologies. She has presented to city staff, planning commission and elected officials on numerous occasions, and has worked closely with local governments and utilities on the details of code and design standard development.

Lelah has managed wireless build projects for macro site new builds, modifications, in-building deployments, DAS installations, CRAN hubs and Small Cells, including work on Verizon’s 5G trial projects in 2017. Lelah has focused on challenging landlord engagements, process improvements, community engagement and vendor management.

Lelah began her career as a project manager for call center and office space restacks, and as a construction project manager for tenant improvement projects. She then moved on to strategic planning for office and call center space utilization. In those roles, Lelah developed key strengths in lease negotiation, construction project management, program management, space planning and financial modeling.

Education

Lelah holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree, with emphasis in Environmental Science and Liberal Arts, from The Evergreen State College.

Publications and Presentations

  • Data Delivery Small Cells Provide A Connection To Better Wireless Service
    Association of Washington Cities, Cityvision Magazine, November 2017-co-authored with Kim Allen, Wireless Policy Group
  • Introduction to Small Cell Facilities
    League of Oregon Cities, Small Cell / 5G Summit, October 25, 2018
  • City of Beaverton, Presentation by Representatives from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Regarding Small Cell Technology
  • Beaverton City Council Meeting, October 9, 2018 – Joint Presentation with Kim Allen, Wireless Policy Group and Ken Lyons, Wireless Policy Group.