Elisabeth Betsy DeVos has been described in many circles as a formidable advocate, champion of the environment and an open-minded philanthropist. An overview on Betsydevos.com describes her as a proven leader, innovator and disruptor with lots of interest in politics, education and business. Betsy is a former Chairperson of a privately held investment and management firm called The Windquest Group. The Michigan based firm holds a diverse portfolio of consumer goods and services. On the political front, Betsy has actively been involved in politics for more than 35 years, although most of her recent political efforts are trained on advancing educational choices. Being a staunch Republican, she has been elected the Chair of the Michigan Republican Party 4 times and served the GOP in various other capacities. The engagements have revolved around the Republican Party grassroots organization, campaigning and serving on the political action committees.
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With regards to philanthropy and communal responsibilities, Betsy previously held the position of Chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable and American Federation of Children. She served on the board of the Philanthropy Roundtable from December 2014 to 2016 and Devos Institute of Arts and Management from 2010 to 2016. Betsy has also served on the boards of the American Enterprise Institute, the University of Maryland, Foundation for Excellence in Education and ArtPrize among other interest groups and organizations. Some of the organizations that have benefited from Betsy and her husband’s largesse according to Politico, include; non-profit group Alliance for School Choice, Foundation for Excellence in Education and Grand Rapids Christian School Association. The list of beneficiaries also includes the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and JF. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Betsy DeVos received her education at the Holland Christian High School in Michigan.
She later attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree. Betsy is a staunch supporter of the family unit. She is married to Dick DeVos, a renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and public activist. Together, Betsy and Dick are proud parents of 4 children and 5 grandchildren. To add to her already glowing list of achievements, President Donald Trump appointed Betsy his choice for Education Secretary on 7th February, a feature appearing on Cosmopolitan magazine reveals. Although she spent many years advocating for privatization of schools and spread of school voucher program, Betsy did not have any prior experience working in the education sector. In her new position, she will be charged with leading the Department of Education, ensuring equal access to education, setting education policy and fighting all forms of discrimination in the US school system. The article reiterates that Betsy 59, was born in Western Michigan and has long been a strong advocate and supporter of the Republican Party.