Washington (CNN) - The state dinner crasher scandal may have pushed Desiree Rogers out of Washington but the former White House social secretary has found a soft landing in Chicago.
Rogers has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc (JPC), according to a company statement. JPC is an African American owned and operated publishing company, which manages a portfolio that includes Ebony and Jet Magazines.
Rogers announced her intention to leave the social office 14 months into her tenure as social secretary. She had been charged with shaping the Obama brand when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in January 2009.
In November 2009, Rogers came under fire for her handling of the Obama administration's first state dinner when a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, attended the high profile event without an invitation, according to the US Secret Service.
In a conversation with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux at the time of her announced departure, Rogers insisted that the State Dinner did not influence her decision. "It has nothing to do with that…it's a Secret Service's job to handle security. Not the Social Secretary's office," she said.
Rogers had also been widely criticized for posing for photo spreads in Vogue and Vanity Fair, as well as attending New York's Fashion Week, with some critics suggesting she was overshadowing the first lady. In her new private sector role, she will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations at JPC, free from the constraints and glare of official Washington.