Desirée Rogers was selected by Barack Obama's administration to be the White House Social Secretary. On February 26, 2010, Chicago Sun-Times reported that she plans to step down. She said it was "a good time for [her] to explore opportunities in the corporate world." She has been replaced by Julianna Smoot, the chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Smoot was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser.