Betsy DeVos’ Background and Her Generous Contributions to Community

Betsy DeVos is an American proven innovator, leader, advocate and philanthropist. She has been a pioneer in business, education, and politics fighting to eliminate barriers, bring change, and create environments where the public can have the opportunity to develop and thrive. Betsy is the former Chairperson of The Windquest Group; a privately held management and investment company based in Michigan with a broad range of consumer service and product portfolio. Having been active in politics for over 35 years, she was elected for four times as the Michigan Republican Party Chairperson. She has also served in several leadership positions in party organizations, campaigns and political action committees. Additionally, Betsy has focused most of her efforts on improving educational choices. Her commitment to help others is a result of her family background that features conservative activists and philanthropists. Her father founded the Family Research Council while her brother started Blackwater USA.


AS an active philanthropist, Betsy is involved in her community where she has served as the Chair of the Philanthropist Roundtable and the American Federation for Children (AFC) board of directors. She has also served in several other local and national boards including Foundation for Excellence in Education, American Enterprise Institute, Artprize, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management based in the University of Maryland. Through the AFC, Betsy has been instrumental in urging the state legislators to enact laws and pass voucher bills for the school choice. The organization has offices all over the country, and has offered grants to Boast Alliance Maryland, Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, and School Choice Indiana Network. Betsy encouraged her husband; Dick DeVos to start the West Michigan Aviation Academy; a public licensed high school combining Dick’s love of aviation with her passion for education.


Born in 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Betsy went to Holland Christian High School and later graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics. She grew up as a devoted member of the Christian Reformed Church and has been an elder and member of Mars Hill Bible Church, Grand Rapids. She was nominated in 2016 as the Secretary of Education where she was determined to strengthen the American education. Betsy is happily married to an entrepreneur, community activist, and philanthropist, and they have been working together to ensure that all American children have access to quality education. In 1989, they established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation as a way of giving back to the community.


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