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.



Experts discuss the need to reform the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement system.
Wendy Cutler discusses the outlook for NAFTA negotiations with Bloomberg's David Westin and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power."
Wendy Cutler describes the complicated road ahead, should the U.S. wish to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Wendy Cutler discusses the U.S. retreat on trade in relation to the Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, and U.S.-China ties.
Wendy Cutler on how Asia-Pacific countries have moved on after the U.S. withdrawal from TPP.
Wendy Cutler says auto manufacturing in North America would be hit in unexpected ways if NAFTA is scrapped.

Wendy Cutler speaks to NPR Morning Edition about Trump's plans to overhaul U.S. trade policy in 2018.
Looking back on an eventful year across the world's largest and most dynamic continent.
The renegotiation of NAFTA has significant implications for Asia-Pacific economies, but the future of the deal remains uncertain.

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