- Who is Betsy DeVos?
Betsy DeVos is a multi-billionaire born in 1958, and the secretary of education in the USA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College. Betsy is a politician, philanthropist, and an activist on educational matters. She started politics in her college years.Her passion for education was triggered by her mother, who was a teacher, and also through her experience as a parent. This has enabled her to serve on several national and local organizations, in the education sector. Betsy has leadership skills that are a notch higher. For instance, she founded and chairs the Windquest Group, and American Federation for Children among other organizations such as Kennedy Center, Kids Hope USA, and ArtPrize.This explains why she was President Trump’s best choice as the secretary of education.
- Betsy’s Philanthropy Work-Financial Giving
Betsy is among the USA philanthropists I know. I would argue that these philanthropic deeds are due to her affluent family, and her passion for changing the education system. She donates finances towards reforming the education sector and even political campaigns. Her philanthropy started after the realization that not all children in America have the right to quality education, and most parents could not choose where to school their kids. It’s from this point that Dick and Betsy Foundation started, and low-income parents received scholarships for their children.In addition, there was a decision to support several kids from Potters House. Together with other stakeholders, she formed the American Federation for Children, an umbrella organization related to the Federation for Children Action Fund. Her greatest success in education matters is the city of Florida that has a high enrollment of students through her tax-credit scholarship. In addition, she contributed towards the creation of the Great Lakes Education Project that led to the expansion of charter schools in Michigan. This foundation donates money to hospitals, arts organizations and Christian schools in Michigan. Moreover, she has an annual scholarship program awarded to students pursuing BBA, at the Northwood University.
- Personal Background
Betsy hails from a wealthy family and married the CEO of Amway Dick DeVos –a billionaire and a Republican nominee in 2006.She is a mother to four children with six grandchildren. Her family owns some of the well-doing companies in America like the Blackwater USA and Prince Corporation –owned by her father..
- Work History
Before the Trump nomination into office in 2017, Betsy has been on educational policy for more than 30 years. She empowers parents through support systems across 25 states in America. At one point in a period of 15 years, Betsy mentored at the public schools in Grand Rapids. Besides her life in education, Betsy has in into politics before 1976 during the campaigns for Gerald Ford’s presidential. In addition, she was a member of the Republican Party.