Barack Obama Makes Historic Appointments

By Jonathan Adams Nov 25, 2008

Desiree Rogers, a Chicago businesswoman and Obama close friend, was named as the next White House social secretary. She is the first Black women to be appointed to the post.

"It will probably be overwhelming, initially, as people want to get into the White House and want to be a part of all this," Rogers said. "We’re not going to be able to have everyone there in the first year. . . . People are going to have to be a little patient with us." Chicago Tribune.

Another Black women tapped for an historic role is Melody Barnes. Currently, the co-director of the agency review working group for Obama’s transition team, Barnes served in the Obama campaign as senior domestic policy advisor. Before that, she was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and served as chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.