Betsy DeVos is a multi-talented woman with proven credentials in education, business and philanthropy. It was because of her leadership role in promoting education and her decades-long fight for the cause of education she now holds the portfolio of the secretary of state for education. Given her extensive experience in promoting and managing education, she seemed to be the best choice for the department. With the secretarial post in the current administration, she is the 11th secretary of education. She was born to a mother who was a school teacher. Thus she got her association with education in her blood. Her penchant for educational improvement strengthened when she had to put her children through school.
Betsy DeVos is a firm believer in providing quality education to children, and promoting reforms in education. Given her passionate dedication for education reforms, and her unstinting commitment to the cause of education, Betsy DeVos, along with her husband, Dick DeVos, founded the family charitable organization called Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The main objective of establishing the foundation was to promote education and education reforms through financial support to a wide range of educational institutions and enterprises. Being the head of the charitable Foundation, Betsy DeVos has been able to improve the quality of education in the country over the last several decades.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has been supporting numerous educational institutions, enterprises, and education reform groups. So far the Foundation has given more than millions of dollars in charity for educational development. The estimation of the charity given by the Foundation can be made from the fact that in 2015 alone the Foundation gave more than $10 million to several organizations and educational institutions.
Betsy DeVos has an illustrious career in business, education, and politics. She has remained associated with several other organizations during her career spanning over 35 years. She has served as chairperson of The Windquest Group. She has been equally active in politics over the last several decades. She has the honor of having being elected the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for a record four times. Her association with the Republican Party has been one of loyalty and dedication to the cause of the party. Moreover, she has performed her political duties in various leadership roles with several campaigns, party groups, and action committees. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table.
Betsy DeVos, in her current role as the head of the government’s education department, focuses on promoting and advancing educational choices, a goal she has been pursuing for a long time now. Betsy has also an active member of her community, and is striving to empower her community through education. She remained the chairperson of the American Federation for Children and also of The Philanthropy Roundtable. Besides, she also serves on the boards of several organizations that are associated with education sector.