Elizabeth Dee (Betsy) DeVos is a reformer and an activist in the education system. For the last 30 years, Betsy has been actively involved in reforming the education system. Through her work in the education sector, Betsy was nominated and confirmed as the Secretary of Education in the Trump administration.
Betsy and her husband Dick had contributed a significant amount in support of the different organizations. A great percentage of their philanthropic contributions have gone in support of the education sector. According to a report published by Betsy and Dick DeVos, the couple has contributed approximately $139 million towards various organizations. In 2015, the couple gave $11 million. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.
In an interview, Betsy indicated that she and her husband were passionate about education. This is because they wanted to provide parents with an opportunity to take their children to the school of their choice.
Betsy is the 11th Secretary of Education of the United States. She is the Chairman of the American Federation Children which is the leading advocacy group of the School Choice. AFC has helped over one million children to attended school of their choice. Betsy has been responsible for fostering new education opportunities in West Michigan. Together with her husband, Betsy founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The Aviation Academy is a public charter high school in the State.
Betsy DeVos serves a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is a role model to many children and has mentored kids through the Kids Hope of United States of America. Betsy has also served as an in-school mentor for the at-risk students in Public School in Grand Rapids.
Betsy is the chairman of the Betsy and Dick DeVos Foundation. Through the Foundation, the couple has managed to support many students and also organizations. Betsy and Dick DeVos have donated a significant amount to health research, hospitals, Christian schools, and Evangelical missions.
Betsy DeVos is the chairman of the Windquest Group, founded in 1989. The Company is a privately owned Company investing in Manufacturing, technology, and clean energy.
Betsy DeVos has served as a member of the board of directors of various organizations including ArtPrize, Kids Hope USA, Kennedy Center, and Mars Hill Bible Church.
Betsy earned her Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College.
Betsy DeVos has participated in the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She was elected as a delegate of the Michigan Party for 16 two-year terms consecutively since 1986. Between 1992 and 1997, Betsy served as the Republican National Committeewoman. She also served as the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party between 1996 and 2000. Betsy resigned from the position in 2000 and resumed her responsibilities in 2003 after she was elected.