White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, who faced criticism after a two uninvited guests attended a state dinner in November, will be resigning next month, she told Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet on Friday.
As we turn the corner on the first year, she said, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.
Rogers, a friend of President Barack Obama's family for more than 10 years, said she completed her work to create a framework for the people's house. During her 14 months at the White House, she presided over 330 events.
She and her staff came under criticism for one of those events when Tareq and Michaele Salahi, a pair of socialites and reality show participants, entered the White House as uninvited guests during a State dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Soon after the incident, Rogers had been invited to testify about the incident before a Congress panel but the White House declined to make her available, citing the need for aides to have confidential conversations with the President and his staff.
At the time White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the first family is quite pleased with her performance.
The Secret Service admitted failures for letting in the uninvited guests.