Betsy DeVos is the current US Education Secretary and a successful entrepreneur, politician, and philanthropist. The education ambassador was born in 1958. Betsy came from Holland Michigan and studied at Holland Christian High School and Calvin College. The art degree holder was an active member of the political club while in college.
Donald Trump nominated Betsy as the new education secretary to succeed John King. Mr. King was the education secretary since March 2016. Betsy DeVos knowledge in education sector makes her an ideal candidate for the position. She supports school choice programs that improve the education standards.
Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos chairs the Windquest Group, an organization that supports manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Dick is the former president of Amway, a family marketing entity. The two used wealth from the firm to build their family fortune that they use in their philanthropic work. DeVos charity acts go back to many decades. They are among the leading families that participate in charity work. DeVos donate millions of dollars to legal associations, political parties, and leadership institutes. They finance both local and international projects, especially during the election periods.
Betsy and Dick DeVos are the co-founders of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The association is in Michigan and aims at improving education level in the area. It advocates for school choice in Michigan. The movement founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010 and supplies resources used in running the institute. DeVos foundation funds Christian schools managed by Potter’s House and Education Freedom Fund.
The family group also supports American Federation for Children (AFC) and Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). Betsy involves education officials in making decisions on policies to amend to improve the education quality. She works with distinguished individuals like the former news anchor, Campbell Brown and Senator Joseph Lieberman to lead and run AFC. The American Federation for Children collaborates with Alliance for School Choice and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to deliver quality education.
Betsy is a board member of Foundation for Excellence in Education. Jeb Bush, the GOP presidential candidate, established FEE. The education think tank is led by officials like Condoleezza Rice, former state secretary, and Joel Klein, chancellor. It receives funds from education donors such as Walton Family Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Broad Foundation. FEE supports school choice through upholding the core state standards and charter schools.
The DeVos Family Foundation has interest in health care and arts activities. The group has developed programs to enhance the pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It finances the ArtPrize to make sure the annual event takes place.
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