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Lester Bagley
Vice President of Public Affairs/Stadium Development

BIOGRAPHY

Lester Bagley brings more than two decades of public affairs and communications experience to his role as the Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development. Currently in his 10th year as vice president, Bagley oversees the team’s public relations, public affairs, community relations and charitable giving initiatives.

Bagley led the organization to its biggest victory off the field when he helped secure financing for a new publicly-owned and operated stadium for the State of Minnesota and the Vikings. In an extremely difficult political environment and economy, Bagley led the public discussion and advocacy effort on behalf of the Vikings. With Bagley’s guidance, a coalition of elected officials, Vikings fans and business, labor and community leaders organized to advance the stadium issue at the Minnesota Capitol. On May 10, 2012, the House and Senate passed legislation to construct a $975 million multi-purpose stadium in Minneapolis. A few days later, Governor Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law.

Lester Bagley brings more than two decades of public affairs and communications experience to his role as the Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development. Currently in his 10th year as vice president, Bagley oversees the team’s public relations, public affairs, community relations and charitable giving initiatives.

Bagley led the organization to its biggest victory off the field when he helped secure financing for a new publicly-owned and operated stadium for the State of Minnesota and the Vikings. In an extremely difficult political environment and economy, Bagley led the public discussion and advocacy effort on behalf of the Vikings. With Bagley’s guidance, a coalition of elected officials, Vikings fans and business, labor and community leaders organized to advance the stadium issue at the Minnesota Capitol. On May 10, 2012, the House and Senate passed legislation to construct a $975 million multi-purpose stadium in Minneapolis. A few days later, Governor Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law.

A top priority for the Vikings and the NFL, passage of the stadium bill secures the team in Minnesota and gives Vikings fans a premier venue to watch their team moving forward. The multi-purpose facility will also host national and international events, including NCAA basketball, a Super Bowl and concerts, as well as high school and amateur sports and other community events. The stadium will provide Minnesota with a first-class sports and entertainment destination and will serve as a catalyst to redevelop the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis.

With the stadium bill behind him, Bagley has turned his attention to the design and construction of the new facility. Over the next three-plus years, the Vikings will work closely with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to ensure that a world-class facility is constructed for the State, the team and Vikings fans. Groundbreaking is expected in the fall of 2013, followed by nearly three years of construction, with the stadium opening in 2016. 

In addition to his time spent on the team’s stadium efforts, Bagley has been instrumental in the Wilf ownership group’s efforts over the last several years to enhance the Vikings presence in the Twin Cities community and throughout the State. In addition to overseeing all Vikings communications efforts, Bagley plays a leadership role with the team’s Community Relations and the Vikings Children’s Fund. He developed the Vikings “You Made the Team” Community Tour, that has connected the team with Vikings fans and charitable causes throughout Minnesota. Bagley also serves as a co-chair of the Vikings London Task Force, as the organization works to strengthen its global brand by taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers in London’s Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013.

Before joining the Vikings, Bagley operated Bagley Public Affairs from 1999-2005. The Minneapolis firm specialized in issues management, public relations and public affairs. From 1993-99, Bagley served as associate director and helped lead the Minnesota Business Partnership, the public policy organization comprised off the chief executive officers of 100 of Minnesota’s largest companies. He also spent five years working in public affairs and public relations in Washington D.C.

A native of Barron, WI, Bagley began college at the University of Minnesota before graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He served as a White House intern and studied at Oxford University during his undergraduate days.

Bagley currently sits on the boards of the Public Affairs Council, Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES), the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Meet Minneapolis and the Vikings Children’s Fund.

Bagley’s wife, Wendy, who has a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine, and their sons Michael and Charles reside in Minneapolis.

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