Secretary of Education
US Department of Education
Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education. For more than three decades, she has been on the front lines of the fight for better and more options for students of all ages. She has already helped expand opportunities for students in 25 states and the District of Columbia. As Secretary, she recognizes that every student is unique and each one needs the freedom to pursue education in ways and places that work for them. Her focus is on expanding education freedom, transforming Federal Student Aid, opening multiple pathways to higher education, and returning power to students, parents, teachers, and local communities. Her leadership has already resulted in expanding 529 education savings plans, restoring year-round access to Pell Grants, creating new partnerships for apprenticeship opportunities, increasing innovative options for higher education and pulling back federal overreach by the Department. Prior to being confirmed, Secretary DeVos served as chairman of the Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. She also served on the boards of numerous national and local education, charitable, and civic organizations. The daughter of a public school teacher, Secretary DeVos received a B.A. from Calvin College and has been married to her husband Dick DeVos for 40 years. Together they have four children and eight grandchildren.