Elisabeth Dee Betsy Devos was born in 1958. She is an American activist, politician, and philanthropist. Ms. Devos supports school choice, charter schools and programs for school vouchers. From 1992 until 1997 she was Michigan’s National Committeewoman and chairwoman for Michigan’s Republican party between 1996 and 2000. She is an advocate of the charter school system in Detroit and on the board for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has been the chairwoman for the Action Institute and the Alliance for School Choice and the head of the All Children Matter PAC. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Ms. Devos is married to Dick Devos and the daughter of Richard Devos who co-founded Amway. Her brother is Erik Prince who was previously a U.S. Navy Seal. Ms. Devos spent her childhood in Holland, Michigan. She received her education at the Holland Christian High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Calvin College. She is the Windquest Groups chairman who supports clean energy, manufacturing and technology. The firm was founded in 1989 with her husband. Ms. Devos is a supported or nonprofit reforms. She is the chairman of the Family Foundation with numerous charitable interests. She is on the board for the Mars Hill Bible Church, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Institute for Arts Management and Kids Hope USA. She is a leader in the avocation for educational choice.
Betsy Devos became highly interested in helping low income families with their children’s education when she visited the Potter’s House Christian School. She wanted these children to learn in a safe place with an excellent atmosphere. This led to her support of the movement for educational choice. She was on the boards for two national charities in the 1990’s to increase educational choice with the use of tax credits and vouchers. The efforts of Ms. Devos and her husband led to the first charter school bill in Michigan passing in 1993. Ms. Devos and her husband informed parents regarding the voucher opportunity. They paid for time on the radio, purchased billboards and web ads and made the phone calls. They worked with community groups and parish churches to raise awareness about the program available. Her focus is still centered on educational choice. She believes children should not have to attend a specific school because it is in their zip code. She feels the technology of blended learning and digital learning will make a significant difference in educational choice. She additionally believes home schooling is another valid option. She says when parents have had enough of their inability to change where their children are able to attend school, many opt for home schooling. This puts the children’s educations back into the hands of their parents. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.