*White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has decided to call it quits.
An Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says Rogers — , whose name was linked to the fiasco involving State Dinner crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi — has decided to step down from her post.
No reason was given for her decision, but an official White House comment is expected later today, according to the Web site Chicago Breaking News.
Rogers, the first African American to hold the position of White House social secretary, was part of the cadre of Chicagoans who were brought to Washington by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, after his victory in November 2008.
A native of New Orleans, Rogers came to Chicago by way of Wellesley College, a Harvard MBA and a job in operations at AT&T. After marrying John Rogers Jr., founder of multibillion-dollar Ariel Capital Management, she managed newsstand operations for the Levy Corp. and ran a firm that operated museum retail stores. (Desiree and John Rogers have been divorced for a decade.)
In November, Rogers was involved in a security lapse that allowed the Salahis into a White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Secret Service took the brunt of the blame, but a key Republican threatened to subpoena Rogers over questions of whether her office ignored protocol for such events and may have contributed to the breach.
White House observers also noted that Rogers took a seat at the state dinner though it’s rare for social secretaries to do so.
Known for attracting personal publicity in what tends to be a low-profile position, Rogers was also featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.
When she was chosen as social secretary, Rogers told the Tribune: “This is the perfect combination of some of the skill sets that I have. I don’t think it can get much better than this.”