Elisabeth Dee DeVos is a daughter to Elsa Prince and the late Edgar Prince (a billionaire industrialist who established Prince Corporation that was later sold to Johnson Controls in 1996 at $1.35 billion). Betsy DeVos has many titles. Over time, and while serving in different capacities, she has proved her leadership, advocacy, and innovation capabilities. Betsy has continuously fought hard to eliminate barriers to issues to do with business, politics, and education. She desires to see the creation of environments where everybody has the opportunity to thrive in what he or she does. Betsy DeVos studied at Holland Christian High School. She is a graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is married to the entrepreneur, community activist, and philanthropist Dick DeVos. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Betsy DeVos has held many different positions. She served as the chairperson of The Windquest Group (1993-2016), a member of the American Federation for Children (2008-2009) and chairperson (2009-2016), the chairperson of Alliance for School Choice (2009-2016) and BOD member in 2004, as well as a board member of ArtPrize (2009-2016). Other areas where she has participated as the board member include Philanthropy Roundtable, Foundation for Excellence in education and DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Between 2001 and 2008, Betsy chaired the Great Lakes Education Project. Betsy DeVos has also been a member of the advisory board at The Potter’s House School. She has been actively involved in matters concerning politics for over 35 years. Betsy DeVos was elected as the chairperson of Michigan Republican Party four times in a row. She has also played many leadership roles with party organizations, campaigns and political action committees. Her political efforts have since shifted and are more inclined to the advancement of educational choices. Currently, she is the 11th and the current Secretary of Education of the United States.
Betsy DeVos and her partner Dick DeVos have spent millions of dollars to bankroll Republican candidates across the United States. They have also donated tens of millions of dollars through a foundation they formed in 1989 – The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Recently, the organization approved a $400,000 funding for Loudspeaker Media Inc. The donation is aimed at assisting Campbell Brown, the former CNN anchor, launch The 74 – an education site. Brown’s not for profit organization, The Partnership for Education Justice also obtained a similar amount from the foundation. In 2015, The Family Foundation presented $150,000 to Success Academy Charter Schools and the same amount approved for future payment. The Potter’s House a Grand Rapids’ Christian school also obtained $200,000 from the foundation in 2015. Betsy and her husband donated $100,000 to Alliance for School Choice. The nonprofit organization works in close contact with the American Federation for Children.
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