One of the sector that Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, have dedicated their time and financial resources is education. As a proponent of school choice ideology pushing for laws that allows learners to choice schools of their choice and not be confined by their zip code or public school policy, Betsy DeVos, pushed for reforms in education sector through political avenues while also chipping in with their own money to support their ideology. The educational-choice movement she started with her husband has grown exponentially and is currently being implemented in 17 states. Initially, Mrs. DeVos together with her husband funded students into the private-choice programs through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation through a charity that targeted students from low-income families. Together with her husband, they donate millions of dollars annually to finance philanthropic activities. A greater percentage of these funds are dedicated to supporting education reforms. However, their efforts has seen some states the voucher system that Mrs. DeVos and her husband had proposed.
Other than the family’s foundation, Mrs. DeVos’ commitment has seen her serve as chairperson of Alliance for School Choice as well as the American Federation for Children (AFC). These are pro-education choice non-profits dedicated to advocating for the right of children to choose a school. She, together with her husband, serve on the board of numerous institutions and organizations dedicated to education reform. Currently, a quarter million students are attending schools of their choice across various states due to the efforts initiated by Betsy DeVos.
Career and Personal History
Betsy DeVos’ stellar profile extends beyond championing for education reform. She has led a successful professional career. She is a successful businesswoman who teamed with her husband to found Windquest Group in 1989. In 1993, she joined the leadership of the company as the chairperson, a position she held until 2016. She has also served as board member of several organizations including DeVos Institute for Arts Management and ArtPrize in addition to her various roles in non-profit organizations and institutions dedicated to education reform. She served as board of Philanthropy Roundtable between 2014 and 2016. She is active politically. She served as the chairperson of Great Lakes Education Project between 2001 and 2008 before joining the board of the political action group up to 2016. Betsy DeVos was recently appointed to the position of Secretary of Education in the current administration government.
She graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree having attended Holland Christian High School. Her education shaped career not only in politics but also professionally. Her political activism, which has seen her push for education reforms in the country can be traced to her active participation in politics as a university student. Moreover, her art knowledge played a key role in his appointment as a board member of ArtPrize and DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.