Jennifer Carnahan is a Korean-American politician and businesswoman currently serving as Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party. Prior to her election as chair, she was the 2016 Republican Party candidate for the Minnesota Senate in the 59th district.
Carnahan was born in rural South Korea in 1976. Shortly after birth, she was abandoned at a local hospital. She was adopted by a Minnesota family. She attended Syracuse University and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Additionally, she also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She owns two retail businesses and has also worked in strategy and brand management for General Mills, Ecolab and McDonald's Corporation.