Betsy DeVos has been known as a woman who’s committed to causes and works hard to build relationships in every business and non-profit group she’s worked with. Her accomplishments in helping private schools with scholarship funds and growing charter schools available in Michigan got the attention of then President-elect Donald Trump who chose her to be the next US Secretary of Education. About a year earlier Betsy DeVos spoke to Philanthropy Roundtable about how the case for private and charter schools was being made and how she came to support these schools.Betsy DeVos said she first became real interested when she and her husband Dick DeVos became parents and saw the struggles of some families to afford these schools, so they explored scholarships and also became spokespeople for voucher programs. She explained how many states were starting to incorporate private school vouchers and how they were actually working.
DeVos also spoke about how she and Dick once decided to open their own charter school, the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Though it is considered a charter school, anyone interested in learning about aviation and enrolling in an advanced science curriculum can attend. What Betsy DeVos believes in is strong grassroots campaigning to promote causes.Betsy DeVos is the daughter of Edgar and Elsa Prince and her brother is Erik Prince, the current CEO of Frontier Resource Group. Her family had always espoused traditional American values and it was her mother from whom she inherited a passion for freedom of education. She was an outspoken activist on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids where she was a student, and while working in Grand Rapids she fell in love with another young businessman and political activist, Dick DeVos. The two became married and have raised four children.
Betsy DeVos serves as Co-Chair of The Windquest Group along with Dick, and has helped various Michigan retail and energy businesses grow through seed funding. She also made many headlines as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party through which she organized many local and state legislative elections as well as campaigns for federal level elections. After her first election to the party chair she resigned because she thought it involved too much following and not enough leading, but then she ran again because she saw an opportunity to fight against then Governor Granholm’s agenda, and indeed many local newspapers even called her “Granholm’s Worst Nightmare.” Betsy DeVos also has her name engraved in the University of Maryland’s Institute of Arts Management facility thanks to a $22 million donation that she and Dick made in 2012.