I believe that Betsy DeVos’ appointment as the 11th US Secretary of Education did not come as a surprise to many people. The philanthropist is known for her fight for the right to education. Her efforts have seen her finance several organizations seeking to ensure that people access quality education. President Donald J. Trump nominated her for this position. The US Senate went on to confirm her as the new Secretary of Education.
In the last three decades, Betsy has been an advocate for children. She has also acted as a voice for parents. Betsy has been passionate about educational reforms that are aimed at ensuring underprivileged children are provided with quality education. According to Betsy, her interest in education was sparked by her mother. The politician’s mother was a public school teacher. This way, Betsy was able to understand how the United States’ education sector operates and the various needs of school children. Her interest in the field was further boosted with the many leaders who worked hard to increase educational opportunities for children in her hometown, Holland, Michigan. I hope that she has continued to learn more about the industry by interacting with different stakeholders.
Mrs. Devos has been an in-school mentor for at-risk children in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. She has been able to interact with teachers, students, and families. I am certain that these interactions have significantly changed her perspective of the education sector and has convinced her to continue with her advocacy. In one of her movement, Betsy DeVos is working towards the creation of more educational choices for students in the District of Columbia and other 25 states. Betsy attended a local high school before joining Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Betsy’ first involvement in philanthropy was through the Prince Foundation. Previously, the organization was known as Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. Her parents founded it with the objective of helping the less privileged members of the society. She worked for the foundation as the vice president. After getting married, Betsy and her husband, Dick Devos, founded the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. The organization has donated millions of dollars towards education, leadership, justice, arts, and community causes. Some of the organizations that have benefited from these donations include Center for Individual Rights, Acton Institute, Pregnancy Resource Center, and Institute for Justice.
In addition, Mrs. Devos is a successful businesswoman. Before her confirmation her current position, she was the chairwoman of The Windquest Group, a renowned investment management firm. She has also worked with various organizations, including Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Art as well as the Kendal College of Art and Design, and the Mars Hill Bible Church. Dick and Betsy are blessed with four children and five grandchildren. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.