Betsy DeVos is a renowned American philanthropist, business woman, and politician. She currently serves as the United States of America Secretary of Education.Betsy was born on January 8, 1958, and grew up in Holland Michigan. Betsy passion for philanthropy started way back while she was still a child as she comes from a family of philanthropist, conservatives, and activists. Her father was the founder of the family research council, Prince Corporation, and her brother founded Blackwater USA.DeVos is a long time member of the Republican Party and is famously known for advocating for school voucher programs, school choice, charter schools among many others. Betsy has served in various capacities in the Republican Party such as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan four consecutive years that is from 1996 to 2000 and was again reelected to the same post in the year 2003. In addition, Detroit has also served as an advocate of Detroit charter school system, and she is also a member of the board of Foundation for Excellence in Education. Besides, Betsy has worked as the Chairperson of the Board of Alliance for School Choice, Action Institute and also heads the All Children Matter PAC.
Betsy went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics in the year 1979.Devos political journey started while on campus as she was involved in campus politics. Betsy DeVos is married to Dick an entrepreneur, philanthropist, a community activist, former CEO of Amway, a multi-level marketing company and a 2006 Republican Nominee for Governor of Michigan.After trump victory as the President of the United States, Betsy was nominated to the position of the US Secretary of Education. On January 31, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved Betsy nomination which was then forwarded to the Senate for confirmation. On February 7, 2017, the senate voted, and DeVos was confirmed the Secretary of Education after garnering 51 votes against 50.
As a philanthropist, Betsy together with her husband Dick founded Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation is motivated by faith and is centered towards the cultivation of leadership, acceleration of transformation and providing support in five key areas of education, arts, leadership, justice, and community. In 2015 alone the Foundation made charitable contributions of over $11.6 million bringing the foundations lifetime charitable giving to $139 million. The foundation was also ranked at position 24 in the Forbes list of America’s top charitable organizations.Other philanthropy works that Betsy DeVos has been involved in include being the Chairperson, Board Member and Treasurer of Action Institute, was appointed to the Board of Directors Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004 by President George W. Bush and founded ArtPrize an international art competition in 2009.