Secretary of Education Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos is a native of Holland, Michigan. She’s the daughter of billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. DeVos attended Holland Christian School and has a B.A. in Arts from Calvin College. In addition to being a lifelong member of Mars Hill Bible Church, Betsy DeVos has also been very active in Michigan politics for decades. She is also a generous philanthropist who through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has donated in excess of $139 million to a variety of charitable causes and organizations. A mother of four, DeVos also has a long history of working on education reform. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick DeVos, the heir to the Amway fortune, created their
Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation gives generously to education, the Arts, community development, leadership and justice. They have also given vast amounts to health research, hospitals, arts organization, Christian schools, think tanks and political causes. Motivated by faith, the foundation works to cultivate leadership and spur innovation and transformation. In 2015 alone, the foundation gave over $11.5 million to charity. Betsy DeVos’ giving has improved life for countless people.
Since she was old enough to vote Betsy DeVos has been a registered Republican. She has also worked hard in support of the Michigan Republican party beginning in 1982. DeVos was elected precinct president 16 times in succession. She was also Republican National Committeewoman from 1996 until 2000. A tireless fundraiser, Betsy DeVos helped President George Bush in his 2004 re-election efforts by raising $150,000. An excellent behind-the-scenes organizer, she has also worked to promote and support a number of other Republican candidates and issues important to the party.
Decades before Betsy DeVos ever considered running to become Secretary of Education of the United States, she had been working to improve education on a grassroots level. Her focus has always been trying to ensure every child has access to the best quality of education possible. Her support for education reform in Michigan is legendary. She is a proponent of school choice, the voucher program and charter schools. She sees them as proven ways to improve the quality of education children in economically disadvantaged communities receive. Between 1999 and 2014 the DeVos Foundation had donated over $8.6 million to support education. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
As a mother, Betsy DeVos understands the importance of quality education in framing the minds and lives of children. It’s something about which she is very passionate. She has spent decades working to improve the quality of education children in her home state of Michigan receive. While many people simply talk about education reform, Betsy DeVos has put her time and money into making it a reality.