Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist, politician, and businesswoman who has recently been elected to the position of Secretary of Education. Betsy was born to a wealthy family, daughter of Edgar Prince, a billionaire and founder of the Prince Corporation. Betsy received her education from a private school in Holland, Michigan and attended Calvin College after graduating from high school. After earning her undergraduate degree in Politics and Business Administration, she married Richard “Dick” DeVos. The DeVos family is one of the wealthiest in Michigan, with Dick being the multi-billionaire heir to the Amway fortune. Dick stands by Betsy’s side when it comes to political and philanthropic endeavors, standing as a major donor the social causes and conservative political campaigns.
Betsy DeVos began her political involvement in 1982, when she joined the Michigan Republican Party. From the years 1992 to 1997, she served as Republican National Committeewoman for the state of Michigan and from the years 1996 to 2000, she served as the Party’s chairwoman. As an avid Republican Party supporter, Betsy and her family have been known for their political contributions. In 2004, she raised over $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign and in 2008, she hosted a fundraiser in her home for the Republican Party. She spent two years as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during President Bush’s administration and has been an active donor to the party since 1989. It is estimated that Betsy and her family have donated more than $17 million in that time. According dbdvfoundation.org, their donated money has been aimed at furthering the policies they advocate. With the 2016 Presidential election looming, the DeVos family donated even more money to the Republican Party, with hopes of landing a Republican President in office. After winning the election, President Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos as the country’s next Secretary of Education because of her long-time commitment and philanthropic endeavors surrounding the education industry.
Betsy DeVos is also an accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded in 1989 by Betsy and her husband, Dick. The Windquest Group is a privately held company that has investments in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Betsy and her husband are also board members and investors in a group of brain centers that offer biofeedback therapy for mental disorders, named Neurocore. This company uses their therapies to help treat mental disorders like attention deficit disorder, autism, anxiety, and depression. Alongside her husband, Betsy helped create the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989, a foundation motivated by faith to help cultivate leadership in areas like arts, justice, community, and education. Betsy has also served on the Board of Directors at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, helping to fund a new center that teaches board members and arts managements how to not only fundraise for their institutions, but also how to manage those institutions.
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