Policy & Involvement
Betsy’s political involvement has spanned more than 35 years, beginning with her time as a volunteer for President Gerald R. Ford in 1976. Her political service has included numerous Republican leadership roles with campaigns, party organizations and political action committees—many with a focus on education choice and reform.
Betsy was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times (1996 – 2005) and served on the Republican National Committee (1992 – 1998).
Betsy’s political service has included numerous Republican leadership roles.
Betsy and her husband founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989 as a means of giving back. The foundation focuses on causes that fit within the following five categories: community, education, arts, justice, and leadership.
Over the years, the foundation has supported the American Federation for Children, ArtPrize, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Program, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, and more.
With her lifelong interest in art and design, Betsy was nominated by former President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Trustees for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She and Dick later funded the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. The Institute focuses on the business side of art—training, supporting and empowering arts managers and their boards on an international scale.
Additionally, she served on the board for ArtPrize, a 19-day, Grand Rapids-based international art competition founded by her son, Rick DeVos.
In 1989, Betsy and her husband Dick started the Windquest Group, where she previously served as Chairman. The Windquest Group invests in a family of companies that provide innovative solutions, services, and products that make the world better.