Obama names social secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief of online community development for Allstate Financial will oversee social planning at the White House after Barack Obama takes office.

The president-elect and his wife, Michelle, say Desiree Rogers, the president of social networking at Allstate Financial, will be White House social secretary.

Rogers previously worked as utilities president of Chicago-based natural gas company Peoples Energy and as director of the Illinois Lottery.

Melissa Winter, Mrs. Obama's traveling chief of staff during the campaign, will join the White House team as deputy chief of staff to the first lady.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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