If the United States government operated like the weather, then local anchors would be calling for “Change, Change, Change.” The election of Donald Trump to the White House as President of the United States has marked one of the most pivotal changes in recent memory. Donald Trump rose to become the Republican nominee for President despite having no political experience and campaigning on changing the entire culture of the government. It only makes sense that in order to accomplish this task, President Trump would seek other outsiders to fill out the most prominent positions. President Trump wasted no time in making good on this concept as he turned to Betsy DeVos in order to fill out the role of the Secretary of Education. This monumental task was handed to DeVos in order to allow her to bring change to one of the most important government institutes in the country, so it only makes sense that we get to know a little bit about her. Learn more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos
Born and raised in the small town of Holland in Western Michigan, Betsy DeVos knew several things from early on in life. First, she knew that she was a reformer. Second, she knew that she was a conservative. Third, she knew that she was a Christian. These three traits would help Betsy DeVos to cultivate a path toward the future and one that she desperately wanted to walk.
DeVos was born into a wealthy family but she did not let it hold her back or dull her work ethic. Instead, Betsy DeVos got to work right away, helping out her father at his auto company. DeVos would head on to take higher education at Calvin College and she would begin to sharpen the political mind that would eventually lead her to Washington D.C. in a monumental year of change. DeVos became one of the foremost champions of the writings of Milton Friedman, who wrote extensively on the role of government in various facets of life — including education. With this information held close to heart, Betsy DeVos would turn her focus toward making political changes. She would become the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and she would use her position to help cultivate the Republican party in her home state. DeVos would also begin a pair of charities for school choice while working to spread the message around the country.
With a calm demeanor and a relatively soft-spoken voice, Betsy DeVos is routinely mistaken for someone who can be bullied or pushed around. However, as it is clear to see, DeVos has been anything but a pushover throughout her life. In taking her position in Washington D.C., Betsy DeVos worked to immediately put her name out into the world as one to be respected precarious around when negotiating. Betsy DeVos knows that she has the support of President Trump but now she needs to make a name for herself on her own, proving that she can stand tall with the rest of the ‘political dinosaurs‘ in Washington D.C.