Betsy DeVos is the current U.S. Secretary of Education. She was born to parents of Dutch ancestry in 1958. She grew up in Michigan. Betsy grew up in a Christian family as a staunch member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. As an adult, she became a follower of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids. She is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of Amway, with whom she has two sons and two daughters.
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Upon completing high school, she joined Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from where she holds a BA degree. During her campus days, DeVos actively participated in college politics.
Career and Experience
In 1989, Betsy DeVos and her husband founded the Windquest Group, a firm that specializes in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Betsy serves as the firm’s chairperson. She also once served as the treasurer of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. She also acted as the executive chair of the organization. Together with her husband, they are the lead investors of Neurocore Brain Performance Centers, an organization that specializes in diagnosing and treating brain disorders. Until her appointment to the education secretary position, Betsy was a board member for Neurocore.
Involvement in politics
For 32 years running, she served as local precinct delegate for the Michigan Republican Party as well as acting as the party’s chairperson from 1996 to 2000. Between 1992 and 1997, she was a member of the Republican National Committee, representing Michigan State. In the run-up to President George Bush’s re-election in 2004, Betsy DeVos personally raised campaign funds to the tune of $150,000. She served as the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during President Bush’s tenure. Betsy also actively participated in last year’s Republican Party presidential primaries.
Involvement in Philanthropy
In collaboration with her husband, they finance the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship program, where they sponsor BBA students at Northwood University. They also run the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation through which they have given over $140 million to charity. Notable beneficiaries of this foundation include hospitals, arts organizations, schools, churches, and other Christian organizations.
They also fund other philanthropic organizations, including the Institute for Justice, Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, Grand Rapids Christian High School Association, Center for Individual Rights, and the Right to Life Michigan Education Fund.
Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com