There are three D’s to success: Dedication, Determination, and Devotion. When it comes to education reform there’s only one: DeVos. Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos graduated from Holland Christian High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Calvin College. For over 35 years Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to reforming a broken US educational system. She has run a number of campaigns and party organizations (republican). Betsy has even spent six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Mrs. DeVos has continuously been a pioneer in communities, fighting for change and creating environments where people are able to be productive and stable. DeVos is also the former chairman of and on the board of directors for the American Federation of Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable. She has been on numerous local and national boards, such as the American Enterprise Institute, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Mrs. DeVos also founded The Windquest Group with her husband where she is the former chairman. The Windquest Group is a privately owned investment and management firm that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Another organization of hers is The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation is motivated by their spiritual beliefs and centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation, and leveraging support in five areas: education, community, arts, and justice. In 2015 the DeVos family donated $11.6 million to charity, ranking them top 25 in America.
School choice is an important topic for Betsy and she takes it very personally. Her experiences from when her own children were in school and seeing what other families had gone through made her want to make a difference. Being able to choose where your child goes to school would take education to the next level. There have already been some states to implement this, but it has not yet become a national standard. The topic has been getting more talk and attention, and Betsy DeVos is at the forefront.
Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education, winning by a very slim margin of 51-50. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in favor of DeVos. Back in November of 2016, President Donald Trump did say that he was going to nominate Betsy, so it’s no surprise that he followed through. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.