Who We Are
The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry. Wireless products and services are continually and dramatically changing the way people worldwide live, work and play. The Foundation was formed by wireless pioneers to preserve the lessons of wireless for the benefit of future entrepreneurs and innovators.
With the assistance of partner organizations and sponsors, WHF was launched on October 13, 2008, the anniversary of the official commercialization of cellular technology in the United States. The kick-off event was held exactly 25 years after the first cellular system opened for business in Chicago. The festivities attracted wireless pioneers and industry luminaries from the past five decades.
WHF chronicles the achievements of individuals, the contributions of numerous organizations, and the evolution of markets and technology, all of which fueled the growth of wireless communications and continue to add convenience, productivity, and enrichment to everyday life.
Arlene Harris - Ms. Harris is President and Co-Founder of DYNA LLC She has over four decades of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, and investor in successful wireless-related businesses. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named the first female inductee into the Wireless Hall of Fame.
Liz Maxfield - Ms. Maxfield served as Executive Director of the Foundation from 2010 to 2017. She previously served as CTIA Senior Vice President from 1984 to 1998. She founded CIBERNET, CTIA’s subsidiary for financial settlements, and served as its first President. Prior to CTIA, she worked as an attorney for the FCC and in private practice with a communications law firm. She has served as an advisor to the University of Texas Austin Technology Incubator, and as an advisory board member of the University of Oklahoma Wireless EMC Center.
Rob Mechaley - Mr. Mechaley is an industry pioneer and veteran telecommunications/wireless technologist, inventor and entrepreneur. His involvement in wireless began when he earned his first amateur radio license at age 11. An early member of the McCaw Cellular executive team, Mr. Mechaley founded Radioframe Networks, and co-founded Clearwire and Mobilesphere. He has more than 60 patents or patents pending.
Larry Movshin - Mr. Movshin has more than 40 years of experience representing the communications interests of system licensees, major equipment manufacturers, trade associations and private users. He has held several leadership roles in the Federal Communications Bar Association, as well as the FCBA’s charitable and educational foundation. He has been recognized by his peers through top ratings in Best Lawyers in America and Washington DC Super Lawyers. He was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2015.
David Diggs - Mr. Diggs joined the Wireless History Foundation from CTIA. He began his tenure at CTIA in 1995 as the Vice President of Operations, transitioned to Vice President of CIBERNET Corporation (CTIA’s for-profit subsidiary) in 1997, and then led The Wireless Foundation, the non-profit organization formed by the member companies of CTIA, until he was appointed to the Wireless Internet Development role in 2009. As Vice President of Wireless Internet Development, he was responsible for CTIA’s Wireless Internet Caucus and worked with industry stakeholders to further accelerate the growth of the wireless data segment of the industry. Prior to joining CTIA, he spent nearly 20 years serving in leadership positions at a variety of wireless companies.
He received his B.A. from Duke University and his MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Linda Lievens - Ms. Lievens serves as Program Coordinator for the Wireless History Foundation. In the early 1990’s, she ran the Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Ms. Lievens has extensive volunteer experience with civic and educational organizations.