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

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

Comments supporting the expansion of the definition of “spouse” as pertaining to the Family and Medical Leave Act

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding the notice of proposed rulemaking that will expand Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligibility for same-sex couples. Read more »

Resource   |   August 22, 2014

Comments supporting revisions to the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ complaint process

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) request for information on Complaint Form CC-4. Read more »

Resource   |   July 28, 2014

Comments supporting a minimum wage increase for federal contractors

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding the establishment of a minimum wage for federal contractors. Read more »

Resource   |   July 28, 2014

Comments supporting military same-sex couple child benefits

AAUW submitted comments supporting the Department of Defense’s proposed interim rule regarding military child development programs. Read more »

Resource   |   July 15, 2014

Comments supporting changes to immigrant spouse restrictions

AAUW submitted comments to Citizenship and Immigration Services on the proposed rule extending the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B visa holders… Read more »

Resource   |   July 11, 2014

Comments in support of the Wage Transparency Amendment Act of 2014

AAUW submitted comments to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety supporting Bill 20-757, the “Wage Transparency Amendment Act of 2014.” Read more »

Resource   |   July 08, 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

Congress has lost two of its most devoted advocates for educational equity. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) have retired. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   June 18, 2014

Comments on Program Integrity: Gainful Employment

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding the Department’s gainful employment rule, which would enforce the statutory requirement that career education programs prepare students for gainful employment in […] Read more »

Resource   |   May 27, 2014