Rogers came to the White House with a lengthy resume of executive positions back in Chicago, where she was a close friend of the Obamas. Her ties to the first couple go back decades: Her ex-husband, John Rogers, played basketball at Princeton with Michelle's older brother, Craig Robinson.
A native of New Orleans, Rogers graduated from Wellesley College and later Harvard Business School. She served as the former head of the Illinois Lottery and president of utilities Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.
She has been profiled in Vogue magazine, with accompanying photographs in an Oscar de la Renta trench coat and Manolo Blahnik shoes. She attended Fashion Week in New York last spring and had a prime seat next to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Rogers was something of a local celebrity in Chicago, a frequent fixture on the social scene who was known for her keen fashion sense.
Since taking on the role of social secretary for the youngest administration in decades, Rogers has added her own personal style to the execution of the Obamas' style. It was she who ordered the White House fountains be dyed green in honor of St. Patrick's Day last March, a nod to the tradition of dying the river green back in Chicago.
She also has played a key role in organizing outreach events that have brought local students, celebrities and artists to the White House.