Elizabeth Betsy DeVos is a businesswoman, proven leader, politician, activist, innovator, and philanthropist. Presently, she is the Secretary of Education in the United States and a member of the Republican Party. Betsy served as a Republican Committeewoman in Michigan. Between 1996 and 2000, she was the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. I believe that her achievements resulted in her reelection to continue advocating for the party’s agenda in Michigan. She has been a supporter of the chartered Detroit school system. In addition, Betsy has been the chairwoman of the board of Action Institute and School Choice Alliance. Betsy also heads the PAC known as All Children Matter. She is married to Dick DeVos who was the chief executive officer of Amway, a multi-level marketing company. Together, they have four grown-up children. Read more on Los Angeles Times
Betsy went to Holland Christian School. Later, she enrolled in the Calvin College in Michigan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. From her childhood, she has been a member of the Christian Reformed Church as well as an elder and member of Mars Hill Church, which is located in Grand Rapids. I think that her Christian background has contributed immensely to her good morals, honesty, integrity and hard work. Moreover, Betsy has served as a local area delegate for the Republican Party in Michigan where she has been elected since 1986 for 16 successive two-year terms. For many years, her family has been actively involved in Republican politics by sponsoring the party’ agenda and initiatives. Since 1989, they have donated over 17 million dollars to committees and different Republican candidates. Republicans promote a governing philosophy that upholds and values traditional American ethics. Betsy and her husband founded Windquest Group in 1989, a privately owned operating company that invests in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
As a philanthropist, Betsy DeVos co-chairs a family foundation based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The entity has donated funds to different organizations in Michigan, including an Aviation Academy in West Michigan, which she founded in 2010. The family foundation also sponsors two private Christian Schools that are run by Potter’s House and offers significant support to the Education Freedom Fund, which provides needy children with scholarships to attend private schools. Moreover, Betsy’s organization has supported the Foundation for Education Excellence and the Federation for Children in America. Betsy chairs the American Federation for Children, which is an ally of the Alliance for School Choice. Donations made by the DeVos Family Foundation are not only restricted to supporting school choice, but they also focus on arts and health care. The foundation is a major supporter of a yearly art competition known as ArtPrize, which takes place in Grand Rapids. They also support the Helen DeVos Hospital for Children, a pediatric oncology center. I think that their donations have had much impact in the society. Other organizations that have benefited from the foundation include Institute for Justice, Pregnancy Resource Center Michigan, Baptists for Life as well as Individual Rights Center, and Action Institute.