Chicago Businesswoman Is New White House Aide

Published November 26, 2008

Posted Nov. 26, 2008 – President-elect Barack Obama has picked prominent Chicago businesswoman and socialite Desirée Rogers as the next White House social secretary, reports The New York Times.

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Rogers, 49, told the Times by phone: "One of the things that is particularly important for this administration is that we continue along this vein of making it everyone's America. We are inviting all of America and all of the world to share in that splendor."

While she has no Washington political experience, in Chicago Rogers is a well-known businesswoman, a Harvard M.B. and a major Obama fund-raiser. She is frequently photographed at glittery events and fundraisers, and she is admiringly discussed on a blog called "The Black Socialite," the Times reports.

A Wellesley graduate and New Orleans native, Rogers was first introduced to Mrs. Obama through her former husband, John Rogers Jr., the founder of Ariel Capital Management who helped recruit Mrs. Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, to Princeton.
 
Ariel is a Black-owned money management firm.

Written by BET-Staff

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