For many years Betsy DeVos has made an incredible name for herself in business and politics. For more than three decades DeVos has worked for change in this field through campaigns, political action committees, and her own philanthropic work. In a recent interview with Philanthropy Roundtable DeVos spoke about her passion for philanthropy and where its roots are based.
DeVos’s interest in giving back came from a very unique place. As a child she visited Potter’s House Christian School, and had a life altering experience. DeVos witnessed many low-income families doing everything within their power to provide a good educational experience for their children. The experience was life changing. DeVos continued to go back to visit the school and eventually began supporting individual students at the school financially. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
DeVos was determined to do even more. Her husband Dick DeVos would eventually run for he State Board of Education in Michigan and was elected in 1990. Betsy herself got more involved by starting her own foundation providing scholarships to low income families helping them to provided better education to their children. For DeVos however this was only partially fulfilling. She knew she was only helping a small percentage of children.
Betsy Devos began to look for bigger ways to make an impact. She began working and serving on the boards of two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these boards were focused on working to expand educational choice. DeVos would go on to make what she credits as her biggest success when she help to create a tax-credit scholarship program in Florida.
Today Betsy DeVos serves as 11th U.S. secretary of education. Her 30 years of work in politics and business have helped her to reach this office. Her interest in education dates back to her days as a child where she watched her mother make an impact as a public school teacher. At the young age of fifteen she began mentoring at-risk children in Michigan. DeVos would work in education for years. As of today she has made an impact by supporting new educational choices for students in more than half of the U.S. States. Read more articles at MLive.com about Betsy.
Prior to her current position, DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an investment management firm. Throughout her career she has served in many important groups including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church. DeVos is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Today She and her family continue to look for ways to improve the educational system in our country