Betsy DeVos is the 11th and current Secretary of Education in the United States. She is also a reformer, businesswoman, politician, activist, and philanthropist. She started exercising her leadership skills while pursuing her career at Calvin College where she was engaged with campus politics. Betsy has led different campaigns, political action communities, and party organizations for over 30 years including serving for six years as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Her husband Dick DeVos is also a reformist who became a Republican Governor nominee of Michigan State.
Betsy and her family are involved in business where they seek to alleviate social problems by providing innovative solutions. She also serves as the chairperson at the Windquest Group; a multi-company group that invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. She co-founded the company in 1989 with her husband; the former president of both Amway and Orlando Magic NBA enterprise. Most importantly, Betsy carries out reforms through different nonprofit roles; for instance, she is the chairperson of her family foundation, and she has extensive philanthropic interests. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
Mrs. DeVos is a member of many local and national boards including Bible Church of Mars Hill, Educational Excellence Foundation, and the DeVos Arts Management Institute in Kennedy Center. She is also recognized as the key advocate for the educational-choice movement where she serves as the chairperson of School Choice and the American Children Federation. During the 2013 interview with Philanthropy Roundtable; a leading network of charitable donors in America, Mrs. DeVos said that there are about 250,000 students in their educational-choice programs; a movement that is rapidly growing. They introduced new programs in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Mississippi in 2012.
Betsy’s interest in education was ignited by her mother; a public school teacher, when she was young. The interest developed when her mother sent her to school with her siblings where she realized that not every American child had equal opportunity receive quality education. Betsy witnessed her hometown leaders working to increase educational opportunities for students, and since then, she has been involved in providing better education options all over the country.
As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos works with the President to provide better education opportunities for all students. She also advocates for returning the control of education to localities and states, and making sure that higher education leads students to successful careers. Betsy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College, Michigan, and together with her husband have four children. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.