After graduating from high school she volunteered for one year at an orphanage in Hamburg, Germany. She then moved to Berlin to study at the Free University. She graduated in 1999 with a Master's Degree in economics. From 1997 until 1999, she worked for Frieder Otto Wolf who was a member of the European Parliament and Germany's Green Party. In 2005 she became a teacher at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
In 2009, she had her first child.
In 1995, Paus joined Germany's Green Party, Alliance '90/The Greens. She was involved in the party in various forms. In 1999, she was elected to the Berlin parliament. There she was her party's economic spokesperson.
In 2009, Paus was elected to the German parliament. She is a member of the financial committee and within the committee she is the Green's spokesperson. She is a member of the Green's committee for the affairs of the European Union.
- "Lisa Paus, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen" (in German). Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 28 July 2013.