Elisabeth Dee “Betsy” DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan in 1958. She is a businesswoman, activist, and philanthropist with proven leadership and advocacy track record in education, business, and politics.
She currently serves as the 11th U.S Secretary for Education in the Trump administration.
With over 35 years of experience in politics, Betsy DeVos is a staunch advocate for the promotion of school choice and quality education for all. Today, she concentrates her political ventures on the advancement of educational options.
She has been a leader in advocating for educational reforms in the U.S by breaking down institutional barriers. This creates an enabling environment where individuals are offered the opportunity to thrive.
Betsy DeVos attended the Holland Christian High School and then went on to advance her education, where she graduated with a B.A in business economics.
She set off her political career by volunteering for the sitting president in 1976. After this period, she started participating in local state Party as a precinct delegate.
Betsy DeVos participated on the panel for the National Republican Committee for Michigan between 1992 and 1997. This has enabled her to serve twice as the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman.
She married her husband, Dick DeVos, an entrepreneur, and active philanthropist. The two have a long-standing commitment to conservative political and social causes. To date, they have given over $139 million in charitable donations, as well as political committees and candidates.
She is the former chairwoman of the Windquest Group, an investment management firm she started with her husband, based in Michigan.
In 1989, they launched the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, aimed at nurturing leadership and wholesome societal transformation by focusing on thematic areas such as the arts, community, education, justice, and leadership.
To this end, the Foundation has supported various organizations including the Center for Individual Rights, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Focus on the Family, and Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center. The foundation has also offered support to art endeavors such as the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and ArtPrize. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org
Betsy DeVos has also served on the boards of several philanthropic causes. Owing to her commitment to social advancement, Betsy has offered assistant to players in the health sector, free market think tanks, Christian organizations, and most importantly, the education sector.
She advocates for education in the U.S to be opened for-profit institutions that will offer parents more choice. The use of school vouchers will enable students to study in private schools using public sector funding.
To support this cause, she founded All Children Matter PAC in 2003. This was to be used to promote school vouchers and tax credits for those who offer their support, as well as to offer private school scholarships.
Betsy DeVos has also partnered with other organizations such as the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program, and much more in her advocacy for educational and social change.