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.




In an article for The Hill, Wendy Cutler argues that bilateral trade deals are not a great fit for the complex global economy.
On December 6, 2016 at Asia Society Switzerland, Wendy Cutler discussed the future of trade if the U.S. pulls out of the Trans Pacific Partnership.
At a JIIA-ASPI forum in Tokyo on September 16, 2016, experts discussed prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
In an article in Fortune, Wendy Cutler argues that the Trans-Pacific Partnership isn't perfect, but that it will boost economic growth and create high-paying jobs in the United States.
On July 21, 2016, the Asia Society Policy Institute hosted a panel of experts to discuss how cultural diplomacy could strengthen U.S.-China relations.
On June 15, 2016, a distinguished panel of experts discussed the prospects for economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, calling for continued U.S. leadership.
In a blog for The Hill, ASPI's Vice President and Managing Director of its Washington D.C. office, Wendy Cutler, argues that women stand to gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Wendy Cutler, ASPI Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington D.C. Office, discusses the odds of the the U.S. Congress ratifying TPP.
The Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President, who recently served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, spoke about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is catalyzing trade liberalization across Asia during an event in New York.
ASPI's Vice President talks to Asia Blog

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