Wendy Cutler, Acting Deputy USTR
Wendy Cutler became Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative on June 26, 2013. She is responsible for U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement in Asia and Africa. Her specific responsibilities include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from South Africa to the Philippines. She also leads USTR global initiatives on trade and the environment, as well as trade and development, including the administration of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Ms. Cutler also directly oversees engagement with Japan in the Trans Pacific Partnership, as well as in the bilateral negotiations with Japan parallel to the TPP.
Ms. Cutler joined USTR in 1988 and over the past 25 years she has held a number of positions at USTR, working on both bilateral and multilateral issues. Most recently, she led the U.S.- Japan TPP consultations, paving the way for Japan’s participation in the TPP negotiations. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.- Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement, and was the lead U.S. official for the U.S. trade and investment agenda in APEC. She also has negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues such as, telecommunications, insurance, and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral negotiating experience as the U.S. negotiator for the 1997 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 MSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from the George Washington University. She is married and has one son.