Jennifer Lee is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, focusing primarily on the Korean Peninsula and the broader Northeast Asia region. A trained economist, Jennifer analyzes commercial and sectoral developments in South Korea and helps clients navigate the political and policy environment in the region.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, she worked as the sole Korea analyst for Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she advised corporate, financial, and public sector clients on the changing political and economic landscape in both North and South Korea. For South Korea, she offered analyses of developments in a diverse set of industries that include energy, manufacturing, insurance, retail and consumer, and telecommunications.
Jennifer also served as an economic research analyst at Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), where she conducted quantitative and qualitative analyses on a range of topics, including China and South Korea’s trade and investment activities in North Korea, the effects of smart sanctions against North Korea, and food balance and aid. She also draws from her experience working at Kookmin Bank in Seoul, Korea, and interning with the global economics team at Samsung Economic Research Institute.
Jennifer earned her master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, with highest honors. She graduated cum laude from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in English Literature. She also completed graduate school coursework in Economics, majoring in Public Finance.
Jennifer was raised in several countries in Asia, including Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, and she recently lived in Brazil with her family. She is a native speaker of Korean and English. Jennifer currently lives in Bethesda with her husband and two young daughters.