– Desirée Rogers is leaving the White House with a chip on her shoulder.
In a profile in today’s New York Times, a host of sources close to Rogers say that Obama’s outgoing social secretary feels the administration hung her out to dry in the Salahi dust-up.
Rogers was born on June 16, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is the daughter of the late Roy Glapion and his wife Joyce. Glapion, a businessman who is active in civic life in New Orleans.
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In November 2008 she was selected by Barack Obama's office as the White House Social Secretary for the incoming administration, the first person of African American descent to serve in this function. Smoot was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser. On August 10, 2010, Rogers was named CEO of Johnson Publishing Company.Her father was the former director of sports for the New Orleans Public Schools and a member of the New Orleans City Council. Rogers is a descendant of Voudou priestess Marie Laveau Glapion.Rogers graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans in 1977. Rogers was named twice as queen of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a Mardi Gras krewe dating back to 1916. Her father was instrumental in leading the krewe from a dwindling band of fewer than 100 black men in the early 1970s to a robust, financially healthy and racially integrated krewe by the 1990s.Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers is back in Chicago—and back in events, chairing tonight's Fashion Columbia fashion show and fund-raiser for Columbia College. Johnson Publishing Company also recently announced plans to resurrect the company's Ebony Fashion Fair, a traveling runway show that spotlights emerging talent, as reported by the .This year, the event has received more buzz than usual, thanks to a new partnership with Johnson Publishing Company, where Rogers has been C. After coming to a halt in 2009, the fashion fair will likely strike up again in 2013.