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As AAUW’s vice president of government relations, Lisa Maatz worked 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 she 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 spent 16 months serving concurrently as the interim director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

As AAUW’s top policy adviser, Lisa has appeared on MSNBC on “The Ed Show” and is frequently called upon by the Associated Press, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and U.S. News & World Report to comment on politics and women’s issues.

Most recently, she is a contributor to the Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, an anthology released November 2015 as an Amazon #1 Hot New Release. Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University and has two Master’s degrees from Ohio State.

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