Lisa Maatz

Lisa Maatz

Former Vice President, Government Relations

As AAUW’s former top policy adviser, Maatz worked to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in coalition with other organizations from 2003–2017. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the interim director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

She is a sought-after speaker across the nation and in our nation’s capital, and has a large and devoted following on Twitter. Lisa also provides leadership to several coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls, including the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education and the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition. Recently featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women, Lisa has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy. She has done similar work for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Older Women’s League, and was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Her grassroots advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a battered women’s program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Lisa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University, and currently serves on the university’s Diversity Alumni Advisory Board. She has two master’s degrees from Ohio State, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Women and Politics Institute at American University. Honors include the National Committee on Pay Equity’s Winn Newman Advocacy Award (2013), National Association of Partnerships in Equity’s first-ever Public Policy Advocate for Equity Award (2012) and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s 10th anniversary Trailblazer Award (2011). Lisa has also received the Women’s Information Network’s Karen Mulhauser Award (2010) for mentoring and service, and WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award (2001); she has served on that organization’s Advisory Council since 2003. She was a recipient of the Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network (2003), and was recently named to their board of directors (2012). Lisa was awarded a Congressional Fellowship in Women and Public Policy from the Women’s Research and Education Institute (1997) and was a mayoral appointee to the Washington, D.C., Commission on Women (2006–10).
 

Work by Lisa Maatz

AAUW Responds to News of Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at Department of Education

AAUW has repeatedly said personnel is policy. It is our hope that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump will demonstrate the seriousness with which they regard the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) when they nominate a permanent assistant secretary for civil rights who moves through the Senate confirmation process. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   April 20, 2017

AAUW Statement on March 8 Day of Action

On March 8, 2017, AAUW will stand in solidarity with the millions of women across the country observing International Women’s Day, participating in the “day without a woman” general strike, or taking action to advance policies that empower women and girls. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   March 03, 2017
AAUW staff protested with signs at the Trump White House urging against efforts to roll back trans rights.

AAUW Reacts to Trump Rescinding Transgender Guidance

As a leading voice about all things Title IX, AAUW is dismayed by the Trump administration’s decision to rescind federal guidance related to Title IX civil rights protections for transgender students. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   February 23, 2017
Image of the U.S. Capitol with a flag blowing int he wind in the foreground.

The Political Road Ahead

The 2016 election was one for the record books, and if you are wondering what women’s advocacy will look like during the Trump administration, consider this your plan of action. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   February 07, 2017
Washington, DC, June 5, 2008 -- Notes, hands and water. Close up of minor details at a Senate hearing of FEMA officials.

Trump Cabinet Picks Must Face Full and Fair Vetting Process

Why do presidential cabinet picks matter to women and girls? From campus sexual assault to sex discrimination to reproductive health care, all kinds of crucial issues can be at stake when a presidential administration comes into office. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   December 08, 2016

Yahoo, eBay among Newest Companies to Sign White House Equal Pay Pledge

AAUW commends the 44 additional companies that signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge on December 7. This diverse group of businesses including AT&T, eBay, the Estee Lauder Companies, Yahoo, […] Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   December 07, 2016
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AAUW Statement on Setback to Obama Overtime Rule

The recent injunction against President Obama’s new overtime rule is a major setback to commonsense reform. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 30, 2016
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The Election’s Over, and AAUW Needs Your Support More Than Ever

The 2016 election may be over, but AAUW’s work is ongoing. While the new administration and 115th Congress have the potential to raise serious challenges to AAUW priority issues, there may also be some strategic opportunities to advance our mission. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   November 23, 2016

Five Takeaways from Election 2016

The seemingly never-ending 2016 election is finally over, and it was one for the record books. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 17, 2016
Personnel is Policy: We want a White House that's not is #paleandmale

Presidential Appointments Should Reflect Our Nation

As President-elect Trump assembles his cabinet and White House team, he must keep in mind that personnel decisions are policy decisions. We at AAUW are not encouraged by the lack of diversity in the emerging Trump White House. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 16, 2016