Born in South Korea but raised in Louisville, Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Upon graduation, Jennifer served as an English Teaching Assistant in Sejong City, South Korea through the U.S. Fulbright Program. She taught first through sixth graders while learning more about the culture and language of her heritage.
Prior to her Fulbright grant year, Jennifer gained valuable government and public affairs experience at our nation’s capital. Her experience includes interning at the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the office of Rep. Joaquin Castro, and SKDKnickerbocker. Her time at the Department of Commerce exposed her to the intersection between business, security, and policymaking through its focus on export controls. She continued to develop her interests on the Hill through her work on the U.S.-Japan Caucus and foreign affairs related to the Asia-Pacific. Jennifer was also part of the Council of Korean American’s (CKA) inaugural public service program.
Shaped by her experiences, Jennifer strives to build coalition among AAPI communities while pursuing her passion in national security and foreign affairs. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching Korean dramas, reading, and traveling.