Betsy DeVos is the archetype of the 21st century American woman. She wears many hats including: businesswoman and philanthropist, in addition to being a renowned political campaigner. Her contribution to the Republican Party has largely been centered around advocacy of school choice through voucher programs. In alignment with her Reformed Christian values, she believes that children of all income levels should have access to quality education.
Betsy was a Republican National Committeewoman in Michigan serving from 1992 to 1997. She was also deemed chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. She would later be put back in the post in 2003. During this time DeVos developed a passion for education reform that never ended. Being an advocate of the Detroit charter school system, working with the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she has hoped to promote better education and diversity. She has also worked as chairwoman of the board on projects for the Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute. In addition to all these accomplishments she has worked on projects with All Children Matter PAC.
In her role as chairman of the American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s top educational choice advocacy group, Betsy is considered to be at the forefront in American educational reform. As a result of her work, there are over one million children in schools that would have previously been inaccessible to them. The couple is clearly a team concerned for education reform en masse.
Betys is married to the former CEO of multi-level marketing company Amway, Dick DeVos. DeVos’s father is the billionaire and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. Her brother is Erik Prince, a public figure with a successful business history.
DeVos has also been championed by Donald Trump to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration. Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation was launched in 1989, the foundation’s aim being, according to its website, to work in a faith based objective to cultivate the growth and transformation in five areas: arts, community, justice, and leadership. As of 2015, the DeVos Foundation was valued at $11.6 million in charitable contributions, pinning the couple’s charitable works at $139 million. Forbes has also ranked the DeVos family as one of the highest contributors to charity.
The couple mainly contribute to Christian organizations and private schools, half of the organization’s funds going to Christian organizations from 1999 to 2014. The DeVos couple have also been involved in Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values; Center for Individual Rights; Focus on the Family, operated by James Dobson; Institute for Justice; Center for Individual Rights. The couple have also made significant contributions to right to life organizations serving the needs of pro-life advocates. Visit her website: betsydevos.com