Betsy DeVos and Her Drive for Education Reform
Mrs. Betsy DeVos is known for her role in spearheading many education initiatives during her tenure as the 11th Education Secretary of the United States. However, most people don’t know that Mrs. DeVos’s passion for education started long before she even considered running for public office. Mrs. DeVos attended Calvin College and at the time was named Elisabeth Prince. This was the time that she first became passionate about politics and helping the community and her country. She became highly involved in several political campaigns and issues around campus and those early years led her to the politician she is today. She also has experience managing political campaigns and committees, including her husband’s run for the Republican Governor of Michigan.
Betsy DeVos also is passionate about philanthropy. She is focused on achieving tangible solutions for many of the social problems that people deal with daily. She is the chairman of the Windquest Group, founded by her and her husband Dick DeVos in 1989. The Windquest Group focuses on investing in clean energy and best-in-class technology. She also sits on admirable boards for charities such as the Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center.
While many people know Mrs. DeVos for her kind and welcoming demeanor, those that have worked with her on the political forefront know her for her strong character and as a person who isn’t afraid to fight for a cause they believe in. She is a tough advocate for educational benefits, including access to school vouchers that will give parents greater access to school options for their children. These options are vital for parents with children that live in low-income areas where the educational system may not be as advanced as other areas.