Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education for the United States, is well-known for her philanthropist efforts in the field of public education. As a reformer, she has long been politically involved in securing a better system for quality education for all children, regardless of their background or circumstances. Her interest in the education system began in her early childhood, with her mother as a public school teacher. And later, she began digging even deeper when her own children went to school and she became a first-hand witness to the unfairness of the system. This, coupled with the example of hard-working leaders in her hometown, motivated her to act, and she became a mentor for children at risk in Grand Rapids schools. After filling this capacity for 15 years, DeVos became a leader in the reformist movement to provide better education choices for children, as well as more options for parents. DeVos received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is married to Dick DeVos, who is also politically active. Together they founded the Windquest Group, a firm dedicated to enterprise and investment management.
They became publicly and politically involved in the education movement in 1990, when Dick Devos was elected for the State Board of Education in Michigan. At the same time, Betsy DeVos, known for her philanthropy, served on the boards of Children First America, and the American Education Reform Council; both charities which were aiming to improve educational choice through measures such as vouchers or tax forms. After a setback in 2000, when they attempted to change the Michigan state constitution to allow vouchers and tax-credit scholarships, Betsy DeVos founded the Great Lakes Education Project, which is today known as the American Federation for Children, on which she is chairman.
She also chaired for the All Children Matter organization, which her husband worked together with John Walton to create. However, after looking at their many organizations that they were affiliated with, they determined to organize their main efforts to make a smoother-working movement. After a bit of work, they have experienced great success with American Federation for Children as an umbrella organization, affiliated with the Alliance for School Choice.As the 11th Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos plans to work with President Trump to continue the education reform movement. Having had success in empowering parents with new education choices in twenty-five states, as well as the District of Columbia, DeVos is committed to providing higher education choices for students on a career path and education settings control to parents by returning control of education to states and localities. Her aim is to provide both parents and students with safe, quality education. You can also follow her on twitter (@Betsy DeVos)