Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos was born on January 8, 1958. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, founder of the Prince Corporation. She is married to Dick DeVos who is the former CEO of Amway, a multi-level marketing company and also a former president of the Orlando Magic NBA franchise. They have four children together and five grandchildren.She studied in her home town at the Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from Calvin College. It is during her college life that she got interested in politics. She has been in active politics for over 35 years. Betsy DeVos was elected four times as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. She has a proven track record of being an innovator, a leader, a disruptor and an advocate. Betsy DeVos has served the Michigan Republican Party in campaign roles, political action committees, and party organizations.
Betsy DeVos was appointed the 11th U.S. secretary of education by President Donald J. Trump, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017. She now focuses her political efforts on reforms that will assist underserved children in America to get access to high-quality education. She has been an outspoken advocate for the use of school vouchers that would enable students to attend private schools with public funding.Betsy DeVos has also been working for the public school’s educational reforms to support the expansion of the charter schools nationally. Betsy was instrumental in developing the Detroit’s charter school system. She has been able to establish a number of political action committees to support these education reform goals.Betsy DeVos and her husband are known for having given away tens of millions of dollars, through their Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which they started in 1989.
This philanthropy foundation mainly focuses on the development of education, arts, leadership, and justice. She has an infinite understanding when it comes to the operations of nonprofit organizations, after having served as chairwoman of the Philanthropy Roundtable, an association that deals with nonprofit professionals and private donors.Betsy DeVos has had a lifelong interest in art, craft, and design. She was even once serving on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts after being nominated by the former President George W. Bush. She and her husband once funded an arts center at the University of Maryland $22.5 million in 2010, to teach fundraising and management techniques to arts managers and board of directors. In honor of this, the center was then renamed DeVos Institute of Arts Management.Betsy DeVos is also a well-known committed environmentalist. She and her husband have been operating the Windquest Group since 1989 in their native state of Michigan. They focus on the development of clean energy and water technology.