Robyn McCutcheon works in the Information Programs Center (IPC) at U.S. Embassy Bucharest, where she is also the post representative for Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). In addition to working in IPC, she reports on and conducts outreach to the LGBT community in Romania.
Prior to that, Ms. McCutcheon served as economic officer in Uzbekistan in 2008-10, where she oversaw the beginning phase of negotiations leading to the U.S.-Uzbekistan Science and Technology Cooperation agreement that was signed in December 2010. In 2005-07, she served at U.S. Embassy Moscow, where she worked first in the Consular Section and then in the office of Environment, Science, and Technology (EST). In EST she managed the civilian nuclear energy portfolio at a time of intense negotiations over the U.S.-Russia Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement and a uranium suspension agreement governing trade in nuclear fuel. In 2004-05, she served on the Russia Desk (EUR/RUS) as the political officer responsible for monitoring Russia's external relations.
Prior to joining State, Ms. McCutcheon worked as an engineer on NASA projects that included Hubble Space Telescope. She also has several publications to her credit on the history of Soviet and Russian science during the Stalin period.
Ms. McCutcheon took her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She also holds master's degrees in astronomy from Yale University and in Russian area studies from Georgetown University.