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

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   |   1 Comments   |   April 08, 2014

Comments supporting diversity policies and practices

AAUW submitted comments to several federal agencies that regulate consumer and financial affairs on the proposed joint standards for assessing diversity policies and practices. Read more »

Resource   |   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. Read more »

Resource   |   February 05, 2014

Comments on Civil Rights Data Collection

AAUW submitted comments on the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection survey, which collects student information from state and local education agencies that receive federal funding. Read more »

Resource   |   January 03, 2014

Letter to Hill on Emergency Unemployment Insurance

AAUW urged Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance to stabilize the economic recovery of American workers and their communities. Read more »

Resource   |   January 03, 2014

Comments supporting bullying and harassment data collection

AAUW submitted comments on the proposed revisions to the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), applauding the Department’s proposal to require schools to collect information regarding the number of allegations of bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation or religion received by a school. Read more »

Resource   |   January 03, 2014
The AAUW Public Policy team puts their hands together for VAWA.

AAUW Public Policy Team Gives Thanks

In the AAUW Public Policy Department, we have so much to be thankful for — including you! (I’ll get to that in a moment.) With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what our department gives thanks for this year. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   November 26, 2013

Workshop: As Easy as the Chicken Dance: Ways to Move Pay Equity in Your State

This workshop gives an overview of which states have made progress on equal pay, whether in the form of state legislation, an executive order, or through other means, and what that entails. Read more »

Resource   |   June 28, 2013

Comments on the Civil Rights of Service Members and Veterans

AAUW submitted comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for its May 2013 briefing on the civil rights of service members and veterans. Read more »

Resource   |   May 31, 2013

Comments on Proposed Federal Grant Reform

AAUW submitted comments on the proposed reform of federal policies relating to federal grants and awards. Read more »

Resource   |   May 02, 2013