The White House announced Monday that Betsy DeVos has been nominated to serve as education secretary.
The Cabinet-level position requires Senate confirmation.
DeVos, the former CEO of Amway, is the latest woman to enter the Trump Cabinet, joining former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson as the first women to serve under President Donald Trump.
The nomination of DeVos comes after several high-profile women have announced their intentions to enter cabinet roles under the new administration, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
Trump has also named two more women to the National Security Council: Secretary of State Karen Hughes and Undersecretary of State Linda McMahon.
The White House said that DeVos will serve as an adviser to the president on the day she officially takes office, according to The Associated Press.
She will also work closely with the president and senior advisers to develop strategies for building on Trump’s agenda.
The announcement came shortly after Vice President Joe Biden announced that former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be a member of his cabinet.
She also is expected to serve on the Education Advisory Council.
DeVos’ confirmation has been a subject of much criticism from some conservatives and progressive activists.
Her nomination was opposed by Republicans, who accused the president of pandering to special interests, including DeVos, who has supported school vouchers and charter schools.
DeVos is the daughter of Michigan-born Amway founder Kenneth DeVos, a longtime conservative advocate.
She is the first female to be named to the Trump Administration, according the White House.
DeVos said in a statement that her time in public service has been marked by her love for education and her commitment to strengthening public education.
“As a mother and daughter, I have a deep appreciation for the importance of educating our children and the importance that they have in our society,” she said.
“I believe that education is the key to a better America.
It is essential to a thriving democracy and that our nation will be stronger when our children are able to learn in a safe, nurturing environment.
Education is at the core of my vision for a strong America.
I am excited to join this administration and help lead our efforts to ensure that every child has the best possible education,” DeVos added.
In her confirmation hearing last month, DeVos defended the role she played in helping the company that was accused of discriminating against gay employees and other women.
DeVos denied that the company discriminated against women, but said she helped Amway hire the first African American woman as the company’s vice president.
She was criticized for taking the job of education secretary without any prior experience in education, as opposed to many Cabinet positions that require more education and experience, including secretary of defense.
A day after DeVos was confirmed, the White Trumpet Association, which DeVos co-founded, announced that she was joining the organization’s board of directors.