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.

Washington Update (April 11, 2014)

Typically, Equal Pay Day — the symbolic date when women’s wages catch up to men’s from the previous year — is the Worst. Holiday. Ever. Although President Barack Obama’s actions […] Read more »

  |     |   April 11, 2014
AAUW staff members smile and stand around a sign reading, "Thanks, Mr. President."

Equal Pay Victory at the White House!

AAUW’s Lisa Maatz was at the White House to watch in person as President Barack Obama signed two executive orders that will help address the gender pay gap. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   April 08, 2014

Washington Update (March 28, 2014)

2, 22, 11, 100. This isn’t some secret code, I promise. Instead they’re numbers to get excited about. Two Senators signed on to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act this week: […] Read more »

  |     |   March 28, 2014

Washington Update (March 21, 2014)

There was palpable excitement in the AAUW office yesterday as we watched President Barack Obama give a speech at a college in Florida. Not only were two AAUW members were […] Read more »

  |     |   March 21, 2014

Washington Update (March 14, 2014)

They say March comes in like a lion – and considering everything that happened this week, I think they’re right! In this week’s issue of Washington Update, you’ll find information […] Read more »

  |     |   March 14, 2014

Washington Update (March 7, 2014)

Sometimes our work feels like…well, it feels like work. The hours can be long, naysayers can be exasperating, and policymakers can be truculent (to put it politely). I know you’re […] Read more »

  |     |   March 07, 2014

Washington Update (February 28, 2014)

Last week I visited Tempe for AAUW of Arizona’s Lobby Day, and even I had no idea how good our timing was going to be. Not only was it virtual […] Read more »

  |     |   February 28, 2014

Washington Update (February 7, 2014)

Sometimes I think AAUW members should be in charge of Congress. Just imagine how much more work would get done, and in a bipartisan fashion – AAUW members know how to get the job done. Read more »

  |     |   February 07, 2014

Testimony on D.C. High School Data Bill

Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s Vice President of Government Relations, submitted testimony to the District of Columbia’s Council supporting the proposed Title IX Athletic Equity Act. This legislation would close opportunity gaps […] Read more »

  |     |   February 05, 2014

Washington Update (January 31, 2014)

Between the State of the Union and Lilly Ledbetter’s visit to Washington, D.C., to mark the fifth anniversary of her law, it’s been one heck of a week for the AAUW public policy team. We’ve been on Capitol Hill, MSNBC, Forbes Woman, and even Wisconsin Public Radio! But enough about us. Let’s talk about what YOU did this week. Read more »

  |     |   January 31, 2014