Lisa Maatz

As AAUW’s top policy adviser, Maatz works to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in coalition with other organizations. 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). Lisa has been with AAUW since 2003. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the interim director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. Follow @LisaMaatz on twitter. Media Contact: Elizabeth Owens, 202.785.7756

Washington Update (October 3, 2014)

Inside: See you in San Diego! Read more »

  |     |   October 03, 2014

Washington Update (September 19, 2014)

And just like that, they’re gone. Just two weeks after returning from their August recess, members of Congress are now headed back to their districts with no plans to return […] Read more »

  |     |   September 19, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden speaks on the 20th anniversary of VAWA on September 9, 2014.

Why I Fought for VAWA 20 Years Ago, and Why It Still Matters

Far too many women and men still face violence on a daily basis, but the perception of this abuse is slowly changing and the quality of the response — from victim advocates to the police to the judicial system — has improved. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 16, 2014

Washington Update (September 12, 2014)

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a groundbreaking bill that expanded protections for women across the country. I was […] Read more »

  |     |   September 12, 2014

Washington Update (September 5, 2014)

We’ve never been shy about giving Congress – or the president – a to-do list. Now, thanks to your persistent actions via the Two-Minute Activist tool and the events you’ve […] Read more »

  |     |   September 05, 2014

Washington Update (August 1, 2014)

Yesterday, AAUW was at the White House for the signing on a new Executive Order that will better protect the rights of employees of federal contractors. We’ve been at several […] Read more »

  |     |   August 01, 2014
AAUW staff and supporters protested Hobby Lobby's case at the Supreme Court.

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?

According to the Supreme Court, an employee’s contraception is her boss’s business after all. The disappointing decision has the potential to affect millions of women employees nationwide. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   7 Comments   |   July 03, 2014
AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz presented Rep. George Miller with an AAUW Title IX Champion award and a letter from AAUW of California. “These 37 words changed everything,” Miller said of Title IX.

Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller Toasted as Title IX Champions

Next year Congress will lose two of its most devoted advocates for educational equity, because Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) are retiring. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   June 18, 2014

Washington Update (May 16, 2014)

If you’ve seen my Twitter feed lately, you may have noticed that I’m a bit peeved by the news that Jill Abramson, The New York Times‎’ first female executive editor, […] Read more »

  |     |   May 16, 2014

Washington Update (May 2, 2014)

The momentum continues to build around ending sexual assault on college campuses. This week we saw new announcements from the White House and the Department of Education, capping off a […] Read more »

  |     |   May 02, 2014