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 after a nearly 30-year career 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, with responsibility for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and related bilateral negotiations with Japan. Ms. Cutler’s tenure at USTR focused on strengthening trade ties with Asian partners and recognizing that strong economic relations contribute to peace and prosperity in the region. Her other accomplishments include successfully negotiating the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, updating the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), and rendering the trade agenda of APEC more relevant and robust.