Wendy Cutler

Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office

Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. Office in November 2015. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and women’s empowerment in Asia. She joins ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan.

Ms. Cutler’s other responsibilities with USTR included U.S.-China trade relations, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, and the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement and negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues as telecommunications, autos, and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral trade experience as the U.S. negotiator for the WTO Financial Services Agreement and several Uruguay Round Agreements. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Cutler worked on trade issues at the Commerce Department.

Ms. Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. She is married and has one son.




Wendy Cutler writes that, following his Asia trip, President Trump is set to make many critical decisions on trade issues that will impact the region.
Wendy Cutler talks to NPR Weekend Edition about President Trump's "America first" speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam.
Wendy Cutler discusses which trade items are on the agenda for Donald Trump's first presidential trip to Asia.
Wendy Cutler says the Trump administration is wrong to make trade deficits the main metric and objective in trade negotiations.
Wendy Cutler outlines how to get the U.S.-South Korea trade relationship back on track.
Wendy Cutler talks about concerns over China's use of intellectual property from U.S. companies.
Wendy Cutler previews the first meeting of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, highlighting four key elements to watch for.
ASPI's Wendy Cutler writes in Fortune that Europe and Asia are moving ahead on trade while the United States is missing at the negotiating table.
ASPI Vice President Wendy Cutler discusses the Trump Administration's suggestion that it may limit steel imports due to national security concerns.
U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong Kurt Tong discusses Hong Kong's relations with the mainland in the run up to the 20th anniversary of its handover from Great Britain.
In the South China Morning Post, Wendy Cutler explains why Asian economies are likely to pay great attention to the NAFTA renegotiation.
Experts and officials, including ASPI's Wendy Cutler, discuss U.S.-Asia relations after the Trump Administration's first 100 days in office.
Following the first summit meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, Wendy Cutler offers her views on how the recently announced U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue can be effectively leveraged.
Experts discuss the connection between trade and the rule of law in the Asia-Pacific region.
On its fifth anniversary, Wendy Cutler and Kim Joon-Hoon point to the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement to highlight the benefits of trade.
Highlights from ASPI's launch event for a report that lays out a roadmap for trade and economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
ASPI and CSIS panel discussion on women's empowerment and gender equality in Japan.
In an article for The Hill, Wendy Cutler argues that bilateral trade deals are not a great fit for the complex global economy.

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