Betsy DeVos is a noted philanthropist and leader in educational reform. Having had a rich history of success in a great number of educational programs and other ventures for decades, she was recently chosen as the new Secretary of Education by the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump.
In an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable, Mrs. DeVos expressed optimism in the future of private-choice programs in the United States, citing growth with statistics in a number of states that have seen considerable growth in their expanded programs. Betsy DeVos notes that public schools are failing all throughout the country, and goes on to explain in greater detail what measures she has taken, and programs that she supports to improve education here in America.
Married to Dick DeVos, who ran for Michigan’s governor in 2006 and has been the president of Amway Corporation and former owner of the Orlando Magic in the NBA, Mrs. DeVos has been active in business, politics, and philanthropy work for more than 35 years. She has been Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times, then turning her efforts to the advancement of educational choices.
Mrs. DeVos has been very active in her local community. Her past experience includes being on the board of directors and former chair on the Philanthropy Roundtable, as well as the American Federation for Children. She has also been active on national and local boards, serving for the American Enterprise Institute, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. In addition to these positions, she was the Chairman of Alliance for School Choice, and was a member of the Board of Directors. She has also been Chairman and Board Member of the Great Lakes Education Project, and was a member and was on the Advisory Board of The Potter’s House School.
Now, as the U.S. Secretary of Education, Mrs. DeVos can use this important post to further her platform in helping in the fight to remove barriers some students may encounter. Her goal is to create better environments for students and their families, enacting change in their lives where students in all sectors of society can thrive and succeed. Read more on Los Angeles Times.