Mrs. DeVos has been behind numerous campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations for over 30 years. She served for six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Her family has the tendency of being involved in reforms. In 2006, Dick DeVos, her husband, was nominated by the Republican Party as the Governor of Michigan.
Mrs. DeVos Career Profile
Betsy founded the Winquest Group in partnership with her husband, in 1989. The firm invests in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Mrs. DeVos seeks after reforms in many non-profitable initiatives. She chairs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, an organization through which all her philanthropic goals are realized. Mrs. DeVos is a member of many local and national boards including “Mars Hill Bible Church”, “The Foundation for Excellence in Education”, and “DeVos Institute for Arts Management in Kennedy Center”.Mrs. DeVos is best known for her educational-choice movement. She is the chair of “American Federation For Children”, and “Alliance for School Choice”. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
Philanthropy’s Interview with Mrs. DeVos
In a recent interview with Philanthropy, Mrs. DeVos discussed her efforts and goals with regards to school choice.
The Progress of School Choice
Betsy DeVos expressed her optimism at the sight of over 250,000 students enrolled in 33 private choice and publicly funded programs in 17 U.S. states and Columbia. According to Mrs. DeVos, the growth of the movement is accelerating. In 2012, she noted, there were new programs in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Mississippi. She was impressed with the progress in Indiana, where a statewide voucher program was established in 2011. Mrs. DeVos also demonstrated the urgency of school choice by citing the results of a poll held in five states in which Latinos were in favor of the initiative.
According to Mrs. DeVos, the reason for the sudden popularity of school choice is that the public is aware that the traditional educational system is not doing well. This is why people are open to reforms such as tax credits, education savings accounts, and vouchers.
What Sparked Your Interest in School Reforms
Mrs. DeVos confessed how that there is no single event that made her interested in school reforms. However, she cites one experience she remembers after visiting Potter’s House Christian School. The school had been involved in providing education to low income families. Mrs. DeVos and her husband noted how the parents of children at this institution sacrificed for their children to study. It is from that moment onwards that they began sponsoring students at Potter’s House and this sparked their continued efforts in school reforms.
Mrs. DeVos’s Personal Background
Betsy is a graduate of the “Holland Christian High School”. She pursued a “Bachelor of Arts” from Calvin College in Michigan. Betsy got married to entrepreneur, community activist, and philanthropist Dick DeVos. The couple has four children. The DeVos’s are involved in politics, investment opportunities, philanthropy, and education reforms. Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.