Julianna Smoot is the current White House Social Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President, replacing Desiree Rogers. Smoot was the former chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Smoot was the Obama presidential campaign chief fund-raiser.
On February 26, 2010, Chicago Sun-Times reported that the former White House Social Secretary, Desirée Rogers, planned to step down. She said it was "a good time for [her] to explore opportunities in the corporate world."