My name is Betsy DeVos. I am the eleventh Education Secretary in the new cabinet constituted by the President, Donald Trump. I have been at the forefront of education reform in this country. I got into politics back in college, and I have never looked back. I have been in charge of political campaigns and party organizations for over thirty years. I have been elected as the Chairperson of the Republican Party in Michigan numerous times.
Politics is in our family. Dick DeVos, my husband, ran for the Governor of Michigan position in 2006. I adopt a solutions-based approach to business and politics. This enables me to find answers to social problems. I have also worked as the Chairperson of the Windquest Group. This is a private holding company that I co-founded with my husband in 1989. The firm has interests in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology.
My husband has served as the President of Amway as well as President of the famous Orlando Magic basketball team. I am an ardent advocate of reform. I pursue these goals through various non-profits. I have also served as the Chairperson of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. This is an umbrella body that supports non-profits and other groups whose values are aligned with us.
As you can see, my leadership efforts speak for themselves. I have worked on the board of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. I am also associated with Foundation for Excellence in Education as well as other organizations such as the Mars Hill Bible Church. I came into the spotlight as a firebrand advocate of reform in the education sector. I oversee the American Federation for Children.
I am increasingly optimistic about achieving policy change that offers parents a say in the education they provide their children. The education reform movement is gaining momentum. We are making tremendous headway in increasing public awareness on the matter. My family’s interest in education reform started at a local school. Before long, I was supporting low-income families through a scholarship fund.
I quickly realized I needed to do more. I joined national charities advocating for education reform. I was also instrumental in passing legislation supporting charter schools in Michigan in 1993. There are numerous families in the state looking for better education alternatives. In 2001, I embarked on advocating for education reform through the political leadership system and political action committees. My success informed the decision to scale the project to a national level.
I am passionate about giving. I have served on the Philanthropy Roundtable board. I have previously held leadership positions at various organizations. These include the Great Lakes Education Project, The Potter’s House School, ArtPrize and Alliance for School Choice. I am optimistic about the use of technology to create choice, improve participation in learning and create comprehensive global libraries.