Betsy DeVos Sits Down with Philanthropy Magazine to Discuss Education Reform

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Betsy DeVos has been involved in spurring change for a large majority of her life. During her studies, she began her involvement in politics on her campus of Calvin College. She continues to make a name for herself by being a part of loca as well as national committees and groups to create change for the better. Perhaps most notable of her political involvements comes from her time as Chairman of the Republican Party in her home state of Michigan, a position she held for six years. Mrs. DeVos also holds the position of Chairman for the Windquest group, a firm founded by her and her husband Dick DeVos. The private firm focuses on managing investments in renewable energy as well as sustainable technology. One of Mrs. DeVos’ most passionate positions is as the Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a non-for-profit endeavor started by the family. During an interview with Philanthropy Magazine, Betsy DeVos explains how one of her greatest efforts lies in education reform. More specifically, she wishes to see every parent have the option and of where to send their children to school, a freedom currently reserved for those with the resources. Mrs. DeVos has joined the American Federation for Children as well as the Alliance for School Choice, both of which she serves as Chairman. Mrs. DeVos has also been actively involved in raising money to go towards scholarships to aid low income families with sending their children to better schools.


Dick DeVos has also been involved in this pursuit as well as others both politically and in business. DeVos actually spent time on the Michigan State Board of Education. Dick DeVos is from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he currently resides with his wife and kids. He attended Northwood University receiving a Bachelor’s in Business Administration as well as an honorary doctorate. His first professional positions were held at his father’s company, Amway Distribution. Soon, DeVos was promoted to vice president where Amway saw a tremendous growth in their international markets. After owning the Orlando Magic basketball franchise for some time, Dick DeVos returned to Amway as CEO. Forbes Magazine named DeVos as the 67th richest person in the United States in 2012. DeVos is no stranger to politics either as he ran as the Republican Party’s nomination for Michigan governor in 2006. Now retired, DeVos focuses his energy on his philanthropic endeavors and spending time with his family.


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