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

Wal-Mart Plaintiff Will Speak to Senate

I’m looking forward to hearing Betty Dukes speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday on Capitol Hill. As one of the named plaintiffs in the discrimination case against Wal-Mart, […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   June 27, 2011

GOP Budget Dead on Arrival in House

Today, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012. This budget is built on the backs of America’s families, robbing […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   April 05, 2011

Voucher Scheme Spells Bad News for Students

It’s a sad day for D.C. and for public education all across the country. Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to continue the controversial D.C. school voucher […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   March 30, 2011

Vouchers Aren’t Real Education Reform

The D.C. school voucher program has reared its ugly head again in our nation’s capital. Public education advocates hoped we’d exiled vouchers last year, but new House leadership has made […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   5 Comments   |   February 03, 2011

Chipping Away at Women’s Health Care

I often marvel at the actions of the anti-choice movement; they’re creative, I’ll give ‘em that. And with the convening of the 112th Congress, they’ll have even more opportunities to […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 26, 2011

AAUW’s Position on Women and Girls in STEM

AAUW supports promoting and strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math education, especially for girls and other underrepresented populations. Read more »

Resource   |   May 03, 2010

AAUW’s Position on Federal Judicial Nominations

AAUW monitors the judicial nominations process because so many of our fundamental rights and liberties have been established and are protected by the federal courts. Read more »

Resource   |   April 03, 2010

AAUW’s Position on No Child Left Behind

Until the federal government fulfills its promises and obligations under No Child Left Behind, there will continue to be large gaps between a workable implementation of the law and the realization of its laudable goals. Read more »

Resource   |   September 03, 2009

Real Grassroots or Astroturf? Setting the Record Straight

I have a great job, working for an amazing group with a worthwhile mission — AAUW. But these past few days, I’ve been unnecessarily distracted from that critical work as […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   6 Comments   |   August 07, 2009

AAUW’s Position on Education and Training in Welfare/TANF

AAUW strongly believes that welfare programs should be flexible to allow the highest level of education possible, because advanced degrees are more likely to promote self-sufficiency. Read more »

Resource   |   July 03, 2009