Betsy DeVos was born into Michigan royalty; her father was the billionaire industrialist Edgar Prince. She attended Holland Christian High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Calvin College. She married into another famous Michigan family, the DeVos’. Her husband Dick DeVos is the heir to the Amway dynasty and comes from one of the most influential families in the entire state. Even as a young woman, Betsy was heavily involved in the church and in campus politics. She has been an active member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982, serving as a local precinct delegate for 16 years. For 5 years, she served as a Committeewoman for the state and she was a Chairwoman for 4 years. Betsy DeVos has always been active in political fundraising for the Republican Party, having personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.
Mrs. DeVos isn’t just the face of family, however. She has been involved with businesses since she graduated from college. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Windquest Group. This private operating group that invests into sectors like manufacturing and technology was founded by Betsy and Dick DeVos in 1989. She is also one of the chief investors and members of the board of Neurocore. This group offers biofeedback therapy at their brain performance centers that treats disorders like attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, and autism. Her newest honor blends her business and politics background perfectly. With the results of the 2016 elections, Betsy DeVos was elected by President Trump to become the United States Secretary of Education. On February 7th, 2017, Betsy became the Secretary of Education with a tie-breaking vote made by Vice President Pence.
As a member of two of the most influential families in the state of Michigan, Betsy DeVos has been a philanthropist for years. Her and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Their foundation gives support to many organizations that cultivate leadership, education, community, faith, and arts. Motivated by faith, the foundation has given as much as $11.6 charitable contributions a year, landing the DeVos family on Forbes’ list of the country’s top givers. Betsy served on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after being appointed by President Bush. While in that position, she and her husband helped fund a center that helps teaches art managers how to manage their cultural institutions. Behind her love for education and art, Betsy founded ArtPrize in 2009, an international art competition. She has also been a strong advocate for education reform and charter schools for decades. She believes that opening up the market of education will give parents better choices. Mrs. DeVos strongly supports school vouchers that would potentially allow students attend private schools using public funding.
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