Betsy DeVos has advocated for advancing educational opportunities to students across the United States for almost three decades. As the newest U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy now has the platform needed to elevate those advocacy aspirations on a national level. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017 after a courageous effort to bring forth the education awareness she believes will benefit all American children and their families. Betsy was nominated because of her fortitude towards education equality and leadership abilities to bring progressive changes to the education system.
Betsy worked alongside parents of children in Grand Rapids, Michigan within the public school system for over 15 years. In that time, she served in an advocacy role as a mentor to children who were considered at-risk, due to their parent’s lower economic status. Betsy’s commitment for bringing changes to the education system grew as she became more involved with the teachers, students, and their families. Her work evolved into a platform that she has said changed the course of her life and propelled her into the education system forever. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com
As a daughter of a public school teacher, Betsy has witnessed first-hand the importance of the supporting role of leaders within the educational system. After becoming a parent and subsequent parent of school-age children, Betsy challenged herself to become more involved in the education of other children to make a positive difference in their lives. Betsy’s core mission is to bring a reality for all children throughout America to receive quality education as a right and not as a privilege.
Betsy Devos has worked with all leaders within the education system, from school administrators to school boards to gauge the needs of students and understanding the infrastructure that is preventing progress. She has championed the efforts on behalf of those who require help in advancing greater education and supports the need for charter programs throughout the country. Betsy sees this innovative choice as an exciting 21st century step in closing the enormous gap among lower income families and building a better future for children.
As Secretary of Education, Betsy’s leadership for guiding the nation towards a unified and progressive level will be a high achievement. Betsy’s leadership is seen by many as one of the strongest attributes she offers to the public. She has served on the board of several national charitable and civic organizations. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.
Betsy and her husband Dick, founded the Windquest Group, which invests in technological advancements, manufacturing and clean energy reform. Betsy has served as Chairman for the privately held company, and she has led an active role in pursuing innovative solutions for investing within industries that make a positive difference.