Lisa Maatz

Lisa Maatz

Former Vice President, Government Relations

As AAUW’s former top policy adviser, Maatz worked to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in coalition with other organizations from 2003–2017. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the interim director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

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).
 

Work by Lisa Maatz

Bloggers and Protests and Delegates, Oh My!

Yesterday afternoon I had a chance to check out the Big Tent — a net-roots Disneyland. The venue, sponsored by Digg, Google, DailyKos, and others, is a blogger’s oasis in the […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   August 28, 2008

Where the Cool Kids Go

It’s lunchtime in Denver, and all the cool kids head to one place to mix, mingle, and nosh — the 16th Street pedestrian mall. The happening corridor runs at least […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   August 27, 2008

Women’s Equality Day @ Convention

While Tuesday was not designated “women’s issues day” at the Democratic National Convention, it certainly felt like it — which seems appropriate, given that the day also marked the anniversary […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   4 Comments   |   August 27, 2008

Equalitea, Trains, and Teddy Kennedy

The rest of Monday, the first official day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, sped by. After a brief visit to the Seniors Caucus in the early afternoon — women’s […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   4 Comments   |   August 26, 2008

Unconventional Women

This is Lisa Maatz, your intrepid AAUW Public Policy Director, blogging to you directly from the Denver Convention Center. While I have a moment to catch my breath, I thought […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   August 25, 2008

Which Women (and Men) Are You Talking About?

It’s been gratifying to see much of the dialogue generated by AAUW’s report, Where the Girls Are. I’ve noted, though, that a few persistent questions keep coming up on various […] Read more »

Blog   |   Campus   |   2 Comments   |   May 22, 2008