Lisa Maatz

Lisa Maatz

Vice President, Government Relations

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.

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Work by Lisa Maatz

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AAUW Praises Obama Administration on Recent Efforts to Close Pay Gap

AAUW praises the Obama Administration on a final rule on pay data collection by gender, race, and ethnicity. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   September 29, 2016
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AAUW Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Zubik v. Burwell

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to answer important legal questions in Zubik v. Burwell, a critical case dealing with women’s access to birth control. AAUW […] Read more »

Resource   |   May 27, 2016

AAUW Statement in Support of Guidance to Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students

Transgender students have the same rights as their peers, and AAUW supports this guidance, which will help schools make that promise a reality. Read more »

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President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court, Now Senate Must Act ‎

AAUW members and supporters nationwide have urged the president to move forward with a nominee, thereby beginning the critical constitutional process to fill the seat. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   March 16, 2016
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Cheer for Equal Pay with Your NCAA Brackets

AAUW’s pay gap playoff brackets predict the victors of the women’s and men’s championships by calculating the gap between the mean earnings of female and male graduates 10 years after entry to college. Will you cheer with us for the teams will the smallest gap? Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   March 15, 2016

Letter to the U.S. Department of Education Ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act Includes Underserved Groups

We believe that the only way for states, districts, and schools to be in compliance and consistent with the law’s intent is through robust and meaningful federal regulation and oversight. Read more »

Resource   |   March 04, 2016

Letter Urging Congress to Co-sponsor Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2016

On March 3, 2016, AAUW Lobby Corps delivered a letter to members of Congress urging them to co-sponsor the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2016 and support women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read more »

Resource   |   March 03, 2016

Letter in Support of Computer Science for All Movement

AAUW joined major leaders in the technology and education sector to urge Congress to include $250 million for K-12 computer science as part of the fiscal year 2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill to support the Computer Science for All movement that is being led by states and schools across the nation. Read more »

Resource   |   February 29, 2016

AAUW Letter on Supreme Court Nominee

AAUW joined the nation in mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who served on the court for nearly 30 years. The Supreme Court has pending cases that will greatly affect the everyday lives of women and their families, and Justice Scalia’s untimely death creates a vacancy at a critical juncture. Read more »

Resource   |   February 25, 2016