John Rogers – Putting his money where his mouth is
This is Part 2 in a week long series titled African-Americans in the Obama Administration: A Look Ahead. Today’s post focuses on Chicago business executive John Rogers.
In 2000, a broke Barack Obama ran for Congress against former Black Panther Bobby Rush and lost. He was now even broker.
A couple of years later Obama decided to run for the U.S. Senate – he was still broke. One of the early donors to his Senate campaign was John Rogers, who gave $11,000 towards Obama’s bid.
The Wall Street Journal has a nice piece on Rogers where they discuss a public school that he helped to start:
At Ariel Community Academy, the Chicago public school that Mr. Rogers helped launch, invesing is part of the curriculum. Each first-grade class gets $20,000 that they watch grow through the early years of school.
By sixth grade, the students -meeting in a boardroom with a giant bull and bear on the wall- begin researching stocks and investing. By eighth grade, they put some of the profits toward a school project and split the rest. They pass the $20,000 nest egg back to the next year’s first-graders.
On the Wednesday after the election, President-Elect Obama made calls and held meetings in offices borrowed from
Though Rogers is not seen as a candidate for a formal role in the Obama White House, Ariel President Mellody Hobson is. Hobson is a frequent financial contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America and is often seen on the arm of Star Wars creator and director George Lucas.
The 39-year old Hobson hosted her first fundraiser for Barack Obama in 1995 and bundled over $100,000 for his presidential bid.
Wednesday: Charles Ogletree – Professor to the Obama’s