Born on January 8, 1958, as Elizabeth Prince, Betsy Devos grew up in Holland, Michigan. Her father, Edgar Prince, was a billionaire industrialist and founder of an automobile parts supplier known as Prince Corporation. Elizabeth Betsy Devos graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in Arts. Betsy Devos is married to an entrepreneur and community activist Dick Devos, and together they have four children and five grandchildren. Her husband is a multi-billionaire and a major donor to conservative political campaigns and social issues.
Betsy Devos is a disruptor, a proven leader, an advocate and an innovator who has been in politics for more than thirty-five years. She is the 11th and current secretary of education in the United States of America having assumed office on 7th February 2017. As a member of the Republican Party, Betsy has always been in support of school voucher programs, school choice, and ties to the Christian Community. Betsy Devos has served in various leadership roles with party organizations, campaigns and political action committees. During President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, Betsy raised more than $150,000 in support of the campaign. At that time she was the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Currently, her political efforts are more inclined on advancing educational choices.
In addition to politics and leadership, Betsy Devos is an activist, a businesswoman, and a philanthropist. Betsy is also the former chairwoman of a privately held operating group called Windquest Group. The company invested in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology and was founded in 1989 by Betsy Devos together with her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Devos have also invested in Neurocore which is a group of brain performance centers offering therapy for brain problems such as anxiety, autism, depression and attention deficit disorder. The treatment provided entails entertainment to patients that keep them occupied throughout the day. Betsy has been on the forefront in fighting to remove barriers, to enact change and also create environments with opportunities.
Beyond the millions of dollars that Betsy and her family have spent bankrolling Republican candidates, they have also given away tens of millions dollars through a foundation they founded in the year 1989. Their Christian beliefs have influenced their charitable giving. Elizabeth Betsy Devos has also been active in community activities. Betsy Devos has also held the position of the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party, having been elected four consecutive times. She has previously chaired the Philanthropy Roundtable Board of Directors and also served on several national and local boards among them being the American Enterprise Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the American Federation for Children.
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