Betsy DeVos’ Involvement in Business, Education, Politics and Philanthropy

Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos has risen to become a widely known leader, advocate and businesswoman in the different fields she is involved in. Her story began in 1958 when she was born to a family of conservative philanthropists. She pursued her education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a business degree. Later, she acquired a BA in Political Science. It was there that she started to associate with the national politics while working for Gerald Ford’s presidential campaign in 1976. A few years later, Elisabeth DeVos got married to Dick DeVos, also highly involved in politics. In fact, Dick was a Republican nominee for Governor in 2006. The couple has four children.


Betsy DeVos’ business career has been outstanding. She chairs the Windquest Group, which she and her husband founded, aiming to invest in clean energy, technology and manufacturing. She has also been involved in filming, co-producing the stage play “Scandalous”, “The Life” and “Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson” by Broadway. The DeVos are chief investors in Neurocare. This is a chain of brain performance centers that provides biofeedback therapy for numerous disorders such as anxiety, autism, depression and attention deficit disorder. Her success saw another milestone when she was nominated by President Donald Trump as the United States’ Secretary of Education. This was, however, not the first time she had worked closely with a United States president. Between 2004 and 2010, she worked for President George W. Bush as a board member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Alongside her husband, Betsy founded the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation was aimed at accelerating change in leadership, education, arts, community and justice. Through this, they have been big givers to charitable works with the figure rising to more than $139 million. The year 2015 was a standout year, with the couple being ranked 24th on Forbes’ America’s top givers: they gave $11.6 million. Most of their money has gone to hospitals, art organizations, health research, evangelical missions, Christian schools and free market think tanks. Some of these organizations include Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values, Institute for Justice and Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund among others. In 2009, the family launched ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a platform that would host international art competitions. Betsy’s educational activism is driven by Christian motivation. She was caught saying that she saw educational reform as a way to advance God’s Kingdom. She also desires to reduce public schools’ monopoly by opening more private schools to people from all financial backgrounds. She also plans to continue offering financial aid to the less privileged through her financial assistance programs.


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