Betsy DeVos has been active with reform movements throughout her entire secondary education. She attended Calvin College. DeVos quickly became involved with campus wide politics. For nearly three decades she has led campaigns, political action committees, and party organizations. In addition, she spent six years as chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Reform activities have run in her family for a long time. In 2006, her other half Dick DeVos, was the Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan.
In both the business world and politics, the family is always on the lookout for innovative solutions. Betsy currently serves as chairman of the Windquest Group. The group is a collection of companies that invest in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy techniques. Windquest was founded in 1989 by her and her husband. Dick DeVos used to be the president of the Orlando Magic franchise.
In addition to working with for-profit businesses, she spends a lot of time working with non-profit institutions. She helps manage the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Her charitable interests cover all aspects of life. She is DeVos deeply involved with Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA. She is really pushing for the best education across the nation. Betsy is better known as leading advocate for the educational-choice movement.
Today she is very optimistic that the United States is on the path to the best education we can get. There is more emphasis on opening more schools to accompany the rapid increase in students. The key is to ensure that everyone has a chance to get some publicly funded education.
There are several hundred thousand students assigned to 33 publicly funded, private-choice programs in 17 states. The number of students involved with education programs has increased by 40,000. Much of the east coast has had more opportunities to open schools.
Betsy has recognized how hard parents and guardians are working to ensure that their kids get a safe and reliable education. Back when her children were school-aged she saw the what needed to be done.
Dick DeVos has spent his lifetime working in different business executive positions. He has commanded business operations in 50 countries and six continents. Beyond the business positions, he has spent a lot of time working with education and helping those that are in need of support. He started the Education Freedom Fund which financially supported underprivileged kids in Michigan.
Dick is National Champion sailor, a certified jet aircraft, and a certified helicopter pilot. He graduated from Northwood University.