Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Speak at 2019 American Federation for Children National Policy Summit

Today the American Federation for Children announced that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will address attendees at the 2019 National Policy Summit in Chicago.
Statement from Bill Oberndorf, Chairman of the American Federation of Children:
“Secretary DeVos has been an undeterred advocate and champion in the movement to provide educational freedom to families across the country. Her work throughout the past three decades has given millions of lower-income families better educational opportunities, and we are proud to continue that work at the American Federation for Children. We’re excited to welcome her to our 10th annual National Policy Summit as Thursday evening’s keynote speaker.”

  • The American Federation for Children’s 10th Annual Policy Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, at Loews Chicago Hotel
  • Online registration closes April 22
  • More information, including additional speakers and featured guests, can be found at
  • To register for the summit, e-mail Jana Gregg at

Betsy DeVos
11th U.S. Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos serves as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education. Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a quality education. DeVos’ interest in education was sparked at an early age by her mother, a public school teacher. It grew when she sent her own children to school and was confronted with the reality that not every child in America is granted an equal opportunity to receive a great education. DeVos saw firsthand the work leaders in her hometown were doing to increase educational opportunities for students and choices for parents, and she has been involved in the fight to provide better educational options across the nation ever since. For 15 years, DeVos served as an in-school mentor for at-risk children in the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Schools. Her interactions there with students, families and teachers, according to DeVos, “changed my life and my perspective about education forever.”
A leader in the movement to empower parents, DeVos has worked to support the creation of new educational choices for students in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to her confirmation, DeVos served as chairman of The Windquest Group, an enterprise and investment management firm. In addition to her leadership in the education arena, DeVos has also served on the boards of numerous national and local charitable and civic organizations, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kids Hope USA, ArtPrize, Mars Hill Bible Church and the Kendall College of Art and Design. DeVos is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is married to entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist Dick DeVos, and together they have four children and seven grandchildren.


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