Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Jennifer most recently served as the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Her previous overseas tours include U.S. Embassy Rangoon as the Political/Economic Chief; U. S. Embassy Moscow, covering internal politics; and U.S. Embassy Bangkok as a consular and an economic officer. In Washington, DC, Jennifer has worked on the Advance Team for Secretary Colin Powell and as a Career Development Officer for entry-level foreign service officers.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Loyola College in Maryland and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She studied in Bangkok, Thailand at Assumption University as a college student and taught high school mathematics as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic.
Jennifer speaks Thai, Japanese, Burmese, Russian, and French. She is married to fellow Foreign Service Officer Colin Furst and they have three children—Helen, Ava, and Victor.