Elisabeth DeVos, commonly known as Betsy, is an innovator, philanthropist, advocate for education reforms and a proven leader. She is also a spouse to Dick DeVos, a business magnate. Betsy has been active in education, politics and business sectors. Her involvement in the sectors has always entailed enacting change by removing barriers and creating an environment full of opportunities. Betsy DeVos is a former board chair of Windquest Group, which is a Michigan based business conglomerate. As the former chair, her role was to head strategic planning discussions regarding the company’s diversified service and product portfolio. She served in this position from 1993 to 2016. She was a member of the American Federation for Children from 2008 to 2009 and the organization’s chair from 2009 to 2016. Betsy held positions in other organizations such as the Alliance for School Choice, as member and chairperson, ArtPrize, as member, Philanthropy Roundtable membership and the Foundation for Excellence in Education membership. She was also involved in The Great Lakes Education Project and The Potter’s House School.
Betsy has also been involved with politics for the last 35 years. At that time, she got the chance to head the board meetings of the Michigan Republican Party as the chairperson. She also got the opportunity to be part of political action committees, party organizations and political campaigns. Besty was recently appointed to serve in the US government as the Secretary of Education. This appointment came after President Donald Trump had named her as a nominee of the top government position. She uses this position to advance educational choices. Besty earned her high school diploma after attending Michigan based Holland Christian School. She also went to the Calvin College for her tertiary education and managed to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. As an active advocate for school choices, Betsy believes that financial assistance programs should be set up to allow more kids to attend private schools. She also believes that this initiative would encourage the proliferation of US charter schools.
Through non-profit organizations such as The Prince Foundation, Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Action Institute, the Kennedy Center and ArtPrize, Betsy DeVos earned a good reputation in the philanthropy world. The Prince Foundation was established in honor of her parents, Edgar and Elsa Prince. Consequently, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation began operating back in 1989 with an emphasis on supporting leadership, justice, education, arts and the community. The organization is critically acclaimed for having spent over $100 million in charity donations. Betsy had board membership in the Action Institute and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She usually supports ArtPrize, which was founded by her son. With an operating budget of $3.5 million, ArtPrize organizes yearly art competitions that are held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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