Betsy DeVos discovered politics in college and has been involved ever since. She has been actively campaigning for causes she believes in for thirty years. She fights for educational choice, clean energy, manufacturing and technology. The role she has played in the nonprofit field has been invaluable. She chairs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation as well as local and national boards. This includes the Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Betsy DeVos has devoted a significant portion of her career to educational choice. There are currently 33 publicly funded programs with 250,000 students. The program has gained 40,000 students in the last year and new programs are located in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Louisiana and Virginia. Programs for educational choice are gaining in momentum especially with the Latino population.
Although Betty DeVos’ interest in educational choice was gradual she was greatly influenced by the Potter House Christian School. She saw parents doing everything possible to help their children and keep them in a safe environment. They had the disadvantage of being low income families and were having a difficult time. Every time she left she wanted to return and she understood the parents simply did not have the money for tuition. Along with her husband she began giving support to some of the schools individual students. Eventually she began giving significant support to the Potter House. Ms. DeVos felt it was tragic how many families in Michigan were nearing desperation for better education for their children. Unfortunately their state’s constitution restricted educational choice. She made a difference in Michigan in 2001 and 2002 with work that was incredibly successful.
Betsy DeVos is a strong leader and an efficient advocate. She is also a pioneer and has focuses on education, politics and business for most of her career. She has held the position of chairman for the Michigan Republican party four times and served in roles of leadership throughout her career. Her current goals are in educational choice. Betsy DeVos takes an active role in her community and formerly chaired the board of directors for both The Philanthropy Roundtable and the Federation for Children. She has donated her time to local and national boards for the American Enterprise Institute, ArtPrize, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management located at the University of Maryland and Excellence in Education. Betsy DeVos attended high school at the Holland Christian High School and her Bachelor of Arts degree was achieved at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick DeVos is a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, an activist in the community and married to Betsy DeVos. They are the proud parents of four children and additionally have five grandchildren. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.