Betsy DeVos- education advocate and philanthropist

Elisabeth DeVos, often referred to as Betsy DeVos, was elected United States Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. Nominated by then president-elect Donald Trump, she was confirmed with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie breaking vote.Her background as an advocate for education and her involvement in various organizations made her a prime candidate for the position of Secretary of Education. She served as a member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She is a strong advocate for charter schools and voucher programs. Betsy believes in school choice and has fought to help give parents more and better options for their children’s education.

Prior to her nomination to US Education Secretary, Betsy proudly represented Republican Party through many years of loyalty and service. She was the chairwomen of The Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. She served as Republican National Committeewomen from 1992 to 1997. She even served as her local precinct delegate for 16 consecutive years.She graduated from Holland Christian High School. She attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan where she received Bachelors of Arts degree.Betsy’s husband Dick DeVos is the former CEO of Amway, a prominent marketing company. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Forbes ranked the DeVos family #24 on its 2015 list of America’s top givers.

They are are major contributors to conservative political campaigns as well as humanitarian causes. The DeVos family has donated millions to The Republican Party. The family even has a philanthropic organization. Since its launch in 1989, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has donated over 139 million dollars to various causes ranging from health care organizations to evangelical missions.The foundation’s giving, according to its website, is motivated by faith, and “is centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas”, namely education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. Her husband, Dick DeVos, founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which is a public charter school with a twist. It not only caters to core educational requirements, it also nourishes those who have an interest in aviation, technology, and engineering. The school is tuition-free thanks to the DeVos family.

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