Chatham News

Women’s rights advocate Lisa Maatz set to appear on campus Tuesday, October 12

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
October 7, 2010

PITTSBURGH (October 7, 2010) … The Chatham University Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy and the National Council of Jewish Women-Pittsburgh Section will present An Evening with Lisa Maatzon Tuesday, October 12 in the University’s Campbell Memorial Chapel. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Ms. Maatz will present “Advocating for Women’s Economic Independence: Is Washington Listening?” This event includes a reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and lecture and Q&A from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $25. For more information contact the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy at 412-365-1878 or email Click here to purchase tickets online.

“This is a critical election with much at stake for women,” said Ms. Maatz. “I’m so pleased to be working with our partners at NCJW and Chatham University’s PA Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy to have this important conversation. I expect a lively evening.”

Lisa Maatz has served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at the American Association of University Women since 2003. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the Interim Director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. Since1881, AAUW has been the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for all women and girls.

As AAUW’s top policy adviser, Maatz works to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, through the executive branch, and in coalition with other organizations. Maatz is a sought-after speaker across the nation and on Capitol Hill, and provides leadership to several coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls. Recently featured in the book, Secrets of Powerful Women, Maatz 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.

Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University, has two Master’s degrees from Ohio State, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Women and Politics Institute at American University. Honors include a Congressional Fellowship from the Women’s Research & Education Institute, and a mayoral appointment to the Washington, DC Commission on Women. Maatz has also been honored by the Women’s Information Network’s Young Woman of Achievement Award (she serves on that organization’s Advisory Council) and the Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network. To add to her many achievements, this year Maatz received the Karen Mulhauser Award, given annually to the WIN Advisory Council member who has gone above and beyond in contributions to the organization. Lisa is being honored for her tireless efforts in promoting equity and education for all women and girls, both as a professional as well as a volunteer, including mentoring numerous WIN members.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy
The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy (PCWPPP) is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues.

About the National Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

About Chatham University 
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