Betsy DeVos is a successful business woman, politician and the current Secretary of Education of the U.S. She combines her political power and non-profit involvements to advocate for educational reform. Her political career that spans over 30 years has seen her lead several campaigns, PACs, and party organizations. Her political career highlights include a 6-year chairmanship at the Michigan Republican Party and service to the Republican National as the committeewoman. In 2004, Betsy donated $150,000 to support Bush’s re-election bid. In 2008, she hosted a Republican fundraiser at her home. I believe that alongside Dick DeVos’ family, Betsy has actively participated in Republican politics. Dick’s father, Richard DeVos, is the multi-billionaire who co-founded Amway, a multi-level marketing company. During the 2016 election, Mrs. DeVos donated her resources in support of different republican candidates, including Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush.
In pursuit for educational reforms, Betsy DeVos served as the chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a family foundation that also supports community, leadership and arts. As of 2015, the organization ranked position 24 on the Forbes List of America’s top philanthropists with a total lifetime donation of $139 million. She also belongs to several boards, including Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Kennedy Center and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Betsy chairs the American Federation for Children (AFC) and the Alliance for School Choice in her advocacy for educational reform movement. Speaking to Philanthropy Roundtable about the movement’s growth in 2013, Mrs. DeVos noted that there were 33 charter schools in 17 states. I strongly believe that her passion for educational reform was fueled by her desire to help low-income parents to have the freedom to choose best schools for their children. While their children were young, Betsy and Dick used to visit the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids. Here, they interacted with less privileged parents who were struggling to put their children to school.
Betsy DeVos established a foundation that offered scholarships to children from low income families. In 1990, Dick applied for the State of Board of Education in Michigan. I think that for purposes of continuing with her involvement in the educational-choice movement, Betsy served on the boards of Children First America and the American Educational Reform Council. Both Betsy and Dick were politically involved in passing the first charter-school bill of Michigan in 1993. Betsy is also a vocal advocate for the Detroit charter school system. In 1989, Betsy and Dick founded the Windquest Group where she serves as the chairperson. The company invests in technology, manufacturing and clean energy. The two are also chief investors and board members of Neurocore. Neurocore is a network of brain centers that use biofeedback therapy to treat different disorders, including autism, anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorder.
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