Wendy Cutler is a senior policy consultant to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Practice & Background

In addition to consulting with Akin Gump, Ms. Cutler serves as vice president and managing director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Asia Society Policy Institute. In her role, she focuses on strengthening the organization’s presence and outreach, as well as leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and women’s empowerment in Asia.

Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Cutler spent nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. 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, where she was responsible for the just-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan.

While at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ms. Cutler was also the chief U.S. negotiator for the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement and led the U.S. trade and investment agenda in the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC). She also negotiated a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on such issues as telecommunications, insurance and semiconductors. She has extensive multilateral trade experience as the U.S. negotiator for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Financial Services Agreement and several Uruguay Round Agreements. Previously, Ms. Cutler was also involved in trade issues at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Cutler received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. from The George Washington University.