Betsy DeVos was currently nominated the United States President Donald J. Trump to serve as the secretary of education. On February 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed her nomination, and she began work as the secretary for education for new regime. For nearly 30 years, Betsy has engaged in various educational matters, advocating for the rights of children to access quality education. Betsy’s mother, who was a public school educator played critically role of motivating her to develop interest in education matters at an early age. After she became a mother and sent her kids to school, Betsy actually realized that not all American children are granted equal opportunity to access quality education. Since then, she decided to engage in activities to champion for better educational options for all kids in the U.S. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Philanthropic Activities Betsy DeVos’
Betsy and her husband Dick established a family foundation to support various charitable activities in the state of Michigan and beyond. Betsy’s interest in supporting educational causes developed when they visited Potter’s House Christian School, and realized that some parents could do within their ability to ensure their kids were in a safe learning environment. The couple began to support individual students, since some parents made huge sacrifice to afford tuition fee, and that commitment has been growing and expanding.
In the 1990’s, Betsy DeVos served in the board of various charities that focused on expanding educational options that benefited from voucher and tax credits. For 15 years, Betsy was involved in mentoring at-risk kids at the Grand Rapids Public schools, where she interacted with students, teachers and families to ensure their perspective towards education is changed forever. As a leader in movement that focuses on empowering parents, DeVos has shown her commitment in supporting the creation of educational options for students in 25 states.
Betsy DeVos’ Personal Background
Betsy DeVos earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Calvin College, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to a renowned businessman Dick DeVos, where they have worked together to support various charities through Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. Before her confirmation to serve as secretary for education, Betsy was serving as the Chair of The Windquest Group, an investment management company. Due to her family’s involvement in charitable donations, she has served on boards of several local and national charity and civic organizations such as Kennedy Center, Art Center, Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church among others. Her previous work in the education sector played critical part of providing her with the opportunity to serve as the secretary for education. In her current capacity, Betsy plans is to ensure all American kids access world-class education that would set the path to successful careers. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.