The Reformer and Education Rights Activist that is Betsy DeVos

The current Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos is a visionary leader; tried and tested. Regardless of the sector; education, politics or business, she continues to carve her path, bringing innovation and advocating for reform that creates environments for people to thrive. As a true champion of change, Betsy has been at the frontline, tearing barriers that hamper people’s growth opportunities.

As a high school graduate of Holland Christian School, Betsy proceeded to Calvin College, Michigan where she received A Bachelor of Arts degree. She is married to Dick DeVos, admirably, a philanthropist and community activist too. She is a mother of four and grandmother of five.

Betsy’s political involvement began in 1976 as a volunteer in President Gerald R. Ford’s campaign. With over three decades of political service, she has held many leadership roles in the Republican Party including party organizations and political action committees, most of these biased on reform, choice and education. She served as chair of the Michigan Party from 1996 – 2005 and was on the Republican National Committee (1992 – 1998). Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Most importantly, Mrs. DeVos continues to push for reform through various non-profit roles. As the chair of The Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, she has continued to give back to society. The foundation focuses on causes around education, justice, leadership, arts and community. She has a hand in numerous charitable interests including membership at several local and national boards. This includes:

  • Mars Hill Bible Church
  • Kids Hope USA
  • The Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • The DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

She is acclaimed for her leading role in advocating for educational choice. To this end, she serves as chair of the Alliance for School Choice and AFC (the American Federation for Children). Her efforts for education contributed to the nation’s first private-school voucher program in Milwaukee. Since its inception 25 years ago, the voucher program has expanded to 17 states and Colombia District. Presently, there are close to 250,000 students in 33 government-funded, private-choice programs.

Today, Betsy Devos continues to pioneer reforms in education by pushing for public awareness of the traditional public school’s weaknesses. Consequently, people are now more open to changes including vouchers, education savings account and tax credits for private schools. Thanks to her efforts, more students can choose quality education without worrying about the costs of learning in a private school. Now in charge of the country’s education, there is a reason to get excited. She has been handed the key to transforming the nation’s education, both private and public.