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

Comments to Department of Commerce Opposing Elimination of Questions in the American Community Survey

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Commerce in response to the Census Bureau’s proposal to eliminate six questions from the American Community Survey (ACS), an annual survey that assists […] Read more »

Resource   |   December 30, 2014

Comments in Support of Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions

AAUW submitted comments to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) supporting the proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13665, prohibiting government contractors from discriminating for discussing their compensation. Read more »

Resource   |   December 16, 2014

Comments on Pay Equity Executive Order

Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s Vice President of Government Relations, submitted comments to the Development Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) supporting OFCCP’s proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13665. Read more »

Resource   |   December 16, 2014

AAUW Gives Thanks: 2014 Edition

When it comes to AAUW advocacy, we have so much to be thankful for — including you! #AAUWthanks Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 24, 2014
President Barack Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, Nov. 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Presidential Action on Immigration a Good First Step

The president’s actions provide a path to legal status for an estimated 4 million to 5 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   November 21, 2014
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The Day After: 8 Takeaways from the 2014 Midterms

Following the close of the 2014 midterm election, here are the takeaways we’re still mulling over. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   5 Comments   |   November 05, 2014

Comments on the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Program

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) program. Read more »

Resource   |   November 04, 2014

Comments on the Center for Disease Control’s Assessing School-Centered HIV/STD Prevention Efforts Survey

AAUW submitted comments on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessing school-centered HIV/STD prevention efforts survey. Read more »

Resource   |   September 25, 2014

Comments supporting the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Innovation Report

AAUW submitted comments on the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) update of the Strategy for American Innovation report. Read more »

Resource   |   September 23, 2014

Comments supporting the Employment Certification for Public Service

AAUW submitted comments on the Department of Education’s notice of employment certification for public service loan forgiveness. Read more »

Resource   |   September 22, 2014