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Wendy Cutler is USTR’s highest ranking career employee and is currently serving as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. She is working on U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region. Her specific responsibilities include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and bilateral trade relations with all TPP countries; bilateral and regional trade issues with Korea; the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum; the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with various nations throughout the Pacific. 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. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.- Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement, and led the U.S. trade and investment agenda in APEC. She also has negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues as telecommunications, insurance, and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral negotiating 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 Masters degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from the George Washington University. She is married and has one son.