Betsy DeVos prides herself in being an advocate, a proven leader, a disruptor, and an innovator. Betsy aspires to see education reform all over America. She wants to remove the barriers that hinder choice in America. Her goal is to see a school system where people can make choices that help them thrive.
Her Previous Leadership Positions
Elisabeth DeVos once chaired The Windquest Group. It is a private investment management company with its headquarters in Michigan. The firm has a diversified portfolio. Betsy has been active in the politics of the nation for over 35 years. She was the Chairman of Michigan Republican party four times in a row. Besides that, she has held numerous leadership positions with party organizations, PACs, and campaigns. Today, most of her political work is geared towards education reform. She wants to remove barriers that prevent people from accessing the opportunities they need to thrive.
Her Community Work
Betsy has also been quite active in her community. She has served as the chair of various charitable foundations including the American Federation for children. Besides that, she has served on the board of directors for The Philanthropy Roundtable.
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Betsy and Her Husband are Big on Giving
In 2015, the DeVoses gave out $11.6 million to charitable courses. That amount is double what they have given to political campaigns in the last five years. Betsy is part of a generous and high-profile family. Her father in law and his children gave out a total of $104 million to charity in 2015. The giving has even earned them recognition from Forbes.
It is estimated that the entire DeVos family has given away about $1.3 billion to charity in the course of their lives. For Betsy and her husband, education has always taken priority. In 2015, 26 percent of their charitable giving or about $3 million went to education causes. Besides that, they awarded about $357,000 to groups that are fighting for much-needed education reform in America.
What inspired Betsy?
Betsy and her husband feel very strongly about education reform. They had children of school going age when she began fighting for education reform. Often, they would meet other parents who wanted to get the best education for their kids. Betsy DeVos believes that children should not be locked out of the American dream just because they come from the wrong zip code.
Her Education and Family
Betsy went to High School at Holland Christian. She holds an Arts degree that she got from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Betsy DeVos married renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dick DeVos, and together they have a beautiful family of four kids and another five grandchildren.
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