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’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

AAUW’s Position on Charter Schools

AAUW believes all publicly funded schools must be accountable to the public for academic achievement, health and safety standards, and the civil rights of all students. Read more »

Resource   |   June 03, 2009

AAUW’s Position on Educating Women and Girls with Disabilities

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Resource   |   June 03, 2009

AAUW’s Position on Title IX

Commonly known for creating opportunities for women and girls in athletics, Title IX affects all areas of education. Read more »

Resource   |   June 03, 2009

Filly Power!

There was a lot at stake at the Preakness Stakes this past weekend. The storied racetrack where the second leg of horseracing’s Triple Crown is held, Pimlico Downs, has hit […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   May 19, 2009

McCain’s Big Moment

Thursday was another drizzly fall day in the Twin Cities, and everyone was talking about vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska who seemed to have come out […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   4 Comments   |   September 05, 2008

Hockey Moms and Lipstick: Roll Call Officially Nominates McCain, but It’s Palin’s Night

Wednesday dawned at the Republican National Convention with an unmistakable air of anticipation. Today was essentially Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) coming-out party. Yes, she had her maiden voyage at the […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   September 04, 2008

Women’s Events Help RNC Get Back on Track

Okay, so the first thing I need to say is this: I am writing this blog from the Xcel Energy Center press area. Yep, your intrepid Public Policy Director managed […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 03, 2008

The Show Must Go On in Minnesota

Monday at the 2008 Republican National Convention was not what anyone expected, but the show did go on despite Hurricane Gustav’s wrath. While the official convention proceedings were shortened, other […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   September 03, 2008

Gustav Threatens the Gulf Coast and the RNC

As I sat in the airport waiting for my connection to the Twin Cities, I do what any good lobbyist does — I checked my e-mail. And while I had […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   September 02, 2008