Betsy DeVos is a reformer who undertook her vocation at Calvin College and actively became involved in politics ever since. Mrs. DeVos has led various party organizations, political action committees, and campaigns for over thirty years. Betsy held the Chairman title for Michigan Republican Party for six years.
Betsy DeVos Family’s Philanthropy
The DeVoses search for innovative solutions to solve social problems in politics. In 1989, Betsy and Dick founded Windquest Group. Windquest Group is a privately held operating company that invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Mrs. DeVos serves as the chairman of the Betsy and Dick DeVos Family Foundation. According to the interview that Mrs. DeVos had with Philanthropy Roundtable, there are approximately 250,000 students in 33 publicly funded programs and private choice programs in 17 states including the District of Columbia. In 2016, the number of students enrolling in the educational-choice programs increased by 40,000. The DeVos frequently visited the Potter’s House Christian School which serves a large number of low-income families. During these visits, the DeVos realized that there were parents who were struggling and sacrificing to keep their kids in school. As a result, Betsy and Dick started supporting the Potter’s House Christian School. Betsy also started a foundation that offered scholarships to families from low-income areas. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
According to Betsy, her biggest success is in Florida through the scholarship program for tax-credit. Florida has benefited from the extensive educational choice with a growing number of over 50,000 students. Recently, there have also been significant advances in Indiana and Louisiana where programs have been passed to serve almost one million students annually. Dick DeVos started a Charter school for high school children known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The Aviation Academy is situated at the Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. The school has been operational for three years with three grades as the year’s progress, 9th, 10th and 11th grade.
About Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos is the 11th Secretary of Education in the U.S., a position held from February 7, 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated Betsy, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her. DeVos obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. DeVos has been actively involved in education policies and is quite passionate about reforms that help children access quality education. Betsy is also a member of various local and international boards such as Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management situated at the Kennedy Center and Foundation for Excellence in Education.
DeVos has also served as an in-school mentor for fifteen years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan. Her interactions with teachers and families changed her perspective of life and education. As secretary, Betsy DeVos hopes to work with President Trump to advance quality education for all students through equal opportunities. Also, Betsy aims at enabling parents to have power and choose over the educational choice programs that best suit their children.