Betsy DeVos is one of the leading advocates for education reforms. Notably, she has been in the forefront pushing for school choice and the voucher system that will enable underserved children attend private schools with funding from the government. A renowned philanthropist and Republican activist, Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th secretary of education in Trump’s administration. Probably, this position is likely to give the accomplished businesswoman an upper hand to push her education reform agenda forward.
The blood of philanthropy and activism flows in Betsy’s veins; her father, Edgar Prince, founded Family Research Council while her brother was the brainchild of Blackwater USA. She attended Calvin College, graduating with a degree in business economics and a BA in Political Science. Betsy has had a successful career life in business, politics and activism. She launched her career in 1976 by acting as a volunteer for President Gerald R. Ford. For over three decades, Mrs. DeVos has largely been involved in various political activities. She was the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party for over six years where she steered various party activities ranging from campaigns and organizations to action committees. She was also a vital member of the Republican National Committee from 1992-1998. Check this related article from nypost.com.
Prior to assuming her current position as the secretary for education, Betsy DeVos was in the business scene as the Chairman of The Windquest Group, a firm she founded in 1989 along with her husband, Dick DeVos. Her husband was a one-time Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan who formerly served as the CEO of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise and Amway. Their private firm focuses on investing in green energy, technology and manufacturing. DeVos is a former board chairperson of Acton Institute and Alliance for School Choice. She has had unwavering support as an advocate of the Detroit charter school system as well as a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. In addition to sitting in the boards of DeVos Institute for Arts Management, American Enterprise Institute and ArtPrize, Betsy has also chaired boards of The Philanthropy Roundtable and American Federation for Children.
Betsy and her husband are the founders of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Formed in 1989, the organization serves as a channel for distributing their charity giving. The foundation’s areas of interest include education, arts, community, leadership and justice. In 2015 alone, the DeVos family donated $11.6 million to charity, making the family to be ranked among the top American donors by Forbes. The foundation has donated huge sums of money towards health research, hospitals and Christian missions among others. The beneficiaries include West Michigan Aviation Academy, ArtPrize, Helen DeVos Children’s Pediatric Program and American Federation for Children.
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