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

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
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Should Women Be Equal?

I refuse to make the case for why women should be equal to men. The answer — for me and for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) — is […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   April 01, 2013
Sen. Olympia Snowe

AAUW Policy Director Eager to See Sen. Olympia Snowe at Convention

AAUW’s 2013 convention was always going to be exciting for me — bringing together AAUW members, the Big Easy, Melissa Harris-Perry, and my dear friend Lilly Ledbetter. But now I’ll have the added […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 20, 2013

Comments to Department of Education of Athletics Information

AAUW submitted comments regarding the Department of Education’s proposed renewal of regulations regarding data collection for the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA). Read more »

Resource   |   February 22, 2013

Comments to Department of Education on DC Vouchers

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding the District of Columbia’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, which grants students federally funded vouchers to attend private schools. Read more »

Resource   |   February 22, 2013

Comments to HHS on Medicaid Coverage

AAUW submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding proposed health insurance exchange and Medicaid regulations. Read more »

Resource   |   February 21, 2013