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.

Follow @LisaMaatz on twitter. Media Contact: Amy Becker, 202.785.7756

Work by Lisa Maatz


Make Outreach to Local Title IX Coordinators a Branch Program

The U.S. Department of Education provides resources to help coordinators understand the full scope of their jobs, but not all coordinators know about these tools. By making outreach to local K–12 schools, colleges, and universities a branch program, you can help spread the word about these valuable resources. Read more »

Resource   |   February 18, 2016
Antonin Scalia SCOTUS

AAUW Statement on Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

AAUW joins the nation in mourning the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. AAUW is hopeful that our elected leaders will rise above the partisan fray and simply do what the Constitution requires. Read more »

Article   |   Community   |   February 14, 2016
President Barack Obama signs into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House. January 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

AAUW Statement on Obama’s Proposed Rule on Equal Pay

Seven years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation as president, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. At today’s event celebrating the anniversary, the president directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, to publish a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   January 29, 2016
President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address in front of a large crowd

Why President Obama’s Final State of the Union Matters for Women and Girls

The president’s speech hit on some important AAUW priorities — and was disappointingly silent on other key issues like ending violence against women and the attacks on women’s access to reproductive health services and birth control. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   January 14, 2016
Aileen Rizo (left in white, holding her daughter) was on hand when Gov. Brown signed the Fair Pay Act on October 6, 2015.

The High Cost of Unequal Pay

How is the pay gap really hurting women and their families? AAUW’s Lisa Maatz explains in a post originally published on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 27, 2015

Letter to Senate Opposing a Continuing Resolution that Defunds Planned Parenthood Federation of America

AAUW urges Senators to take immediate action to avoid a government shutdown and to oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Read more »

Resource   |   September 24, 2015

Letter to Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

AAUW urges Representatives to oppose the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) when they come up for a vote. Both bills would make it more difficult for women to access reproductive health care. Read more »

Resource   |   September 17, 2015

Letter to Senate Opposing a 20-Week Abortion Ban

AAUW urges Senators to oppose H.R. 36, an unconstitutional and dangerous limitation on abortion that puts women’s health and rights at risk. Read more »

Resource   |   September 16, 2015

Testimony of AAUW’s Lisa Maatz on Campus Sexual Assault

On September 10, 2014, AAUW’s Vice President of Government Relations Lisa M. Maatz, testified in front of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training during a hearing on “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” Read more »

Resource   |   September 10, 2015

Letter to the Senate Opposing Elimination of Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

AAUW urges Senators to vote against S. 1881 which would eliminate basic reproductive health care for millions of women by prohibiting federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Read more »

Resource   |   July 30, 2015