Elisabeth “Betsy” Prince was in born in 1958. She is an American politician, businesswoman, and a philanthropist. She is an alumnus of Holland Christina High School. Later, she attended Calvin College where she obtained a degree in Political Science and Business Administration. While in college, she was actively involved in campus politics. DeVos grew up being a member of the North America Reformed Christian Church. Richard Mouw, a former president of Fuller Seminary, has described DeVos as having been influenced by Abraham Kuyper, who was the founder of political ideology in Christian Democracy.
Involvement in politics
Betsy DeVos has actively participated in Michigan Republican Party since 1982, and has served as a precinct delegate. Between 1992 and 1997, she represented Michigan as a Republican National Committee person, while also assuming the position of a Chairperson of the party from 1996 to 2000. Bill Ballenger, a former senator, has described her as an honest believer in fundamental Republican issues, and that no one can doubt her stand. In 2000, she resigned from her position and claimed that she had indeed fought for the grassroots and never at any time had she accepted to be used as a rubber stamp. She ran again for the party’s chairman position in 2003, and was elected without opposition.
DeVos’ family has been active in politics for decades, particularly in donating to political committees and candidates. She declared that her family’s involvement in political funding is not because of personal gains, but the expectation for results; a government that is good and honest, and able to serve the American people diligently.
Career in business and philanthropic work
DeVos and her husband, founded the Windquest Group in 1989. The firm, which DeVos Chairs, invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. She is also a chief investor and a member of the board of Neurocore, a collection of centers dealing in brain performance offering biofeedback therapies for disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety. Her husband was also a former chairman of Amway and President of Orlando Magic NBA. Betsy pursues reforms in various nonprofit positions. She is the chairman of Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, and her interests in charity are far reaching. She takes active membership in various local and national boards, including Kids Hope USA, DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Mars Hill Bible Church.
In the education realm, one of DeVos early experiences in philanthropy was at the Potter’s House Christian School. During an interview with Philanthropy Table, she claimed that she understood the sacrifice the parents were going through in trying to pay the tuition fee for their kids. DeVos claims that she started giving support to individual students in the school, and before long it had grown into a larger commitment.