Betsy Devos has been in the front line for education reform for the longest time. She started becoming politically aggressive in her campus years when she joined University politics, and she has never looked back ever since. She has been at the head of many campaign committees, party organizations and other related forums that needed her leadership skills. However, the passion for reform is a family thing as the husband has been active in related matters. In fact, he was a onetime Governor nominee for Michigan on the Republican Party. This was back in 2006.
The couple has a way of looking for solutions through innovations in everything they do be it politics or business. This is clearly seen in their private Windquest Group, which is a close-knit multi-company that has operations in the tech world, manufacturing as well as the clean energy industry. Betsy and her husband founded this in 1989. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.
However, in addition to the high success in the business world, Betsy is well known for her nonprofit contributions. She holds a number of positions and plays varied roles in the different nonprofits that she is a part of. She serves on both local and national boards and her interest in charity are as diverse as they can get. She is perfectly known as an education reformist, a character that was well revealed as more insight was given in her interview with the philanthropist. The interview revealed much of Betsy’s journey as far as education reform is concerned.
Betsy Devos says that she is proud of the progress that has happened in the self-choice programs in the education sector. She is optimistic with the stats in the District of Columbia where there are at least 33 publicly funded private choice programs running in at least 17 states with more than 250000 students attending. The popularity of these programs with the Latinos is another thing that excites Betsy since she believes that the traditional public schooling system has failed which has forced people to take note and seek for a better quality of education.
The motivation of Betsy DeVos to support education reform was a gradual occurrence hat started back in her children’s school going age when she and her husband kept visiting the Potter’s house Christian school to the point that they became committed supporters of the course. It is at this point that Betsy and her husband began looking at education holistically and supporting other parents. The election of her husband as the head of the state board of education in Michigan provided a platform for the two to be hands-on. This way Betsy was able to organize scholarships and provide real solutions to students that deserved opportunities to pursue a good education but could not afford it. This was how she became involved in the educational choice movement.