Bachelor in International Relations, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 1989. Master of Science in International Political Economy, London School of Economics.
She is currently a Partner at Macro Advisory Partners Limited Liability Partnership and from 2011-2013 was Managing Director at Union Bank of Switzerland AG, covering geopolitical risk, macro-policy trends and their impact on the global economy. She has also previously held positions as an American diplomat and served on the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. She has also been a consultant and is the co-author of Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.
Her mother was Jewish and her father African American.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in international relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College and an Master of Science from the London School of Economics. From 2001-2008 Sutphen was managing director of Stonebridge International, a Washington-based business strategy consulting firm that works with multinational corporations, financial institutions and other organizations on challenges worldwide.
She also served as Vice President for Currenex, the first internet-based trading platform for the institutional foreign exchange market. She has served as a United States Foreign Service officer (1991–2000), serving in the Clinton Administration on the staff of the National Security Council (1998–2000)., She also worked in the State Department"s Human Rights bureau, and at the United States. Embassy in Bangkok.
She is an adjunct professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is the co-author (with Nina Hachigian) of Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.
Sutphen was "one of more than 50 ex-lobbyists in senior Obama administration jobs." The Washington Post published a profile of Sutphen on April 14, 2009. She was also identified as one of the "seven behind-the-scenes economic players you need to know in the Obama administration" in the magazine Condé Nast Portfolio.
Member steering committee Ron Brown Scholar Progressive, Charlottesville, Virginia. Member of Women's Foreign Policy Grp., Council Foreign Relations.
Married Clyde Williams, 2001. 2 children.