Board Of Directors

Desiree G. Rogers


Ms. Rogers has been a director since August 2018. Ms. Rogers is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner of Black Opal, LLC, a cosmetics company with two separate brands, Fashion Fair and Black Opal specifically designed for the ethnic market. Prior to this, Ms. Rogers was the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. From 2013 until 2019, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago. Ms. Rogers was the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010. She served as President of Social Networking for Allstate Financial, a business unit of the Allstate Corporation, from July 2008 to December 2008; as President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, two utility companies owned by Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group), from 2004 to July 2008; as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Peoples Energy Corporation from 1997 to 2004; and as a Director of the Illinois Lottery from 1991 to 1997. In addition, Ms. Rogers served on the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential, a public real estate investment trust, from October 2003 to January 2009. She has also served on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (until its merger with Penn National Gaming, Inc. in October 2018), Act II Global Acquisition Corp., Star Peak Corp. II and Star Peak Energy Transition Corp, and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She currently serves on the boards of Donors Choose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Economic Club, the Commercial Club and World Business Chicago, and on the board of Stagwell Partners. She has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.