Chris Scribner   Senior Vice President 

Chris Scribner joined The Smith-Free Group in April 2020 after a decade-long career at Regions Financial Corporation, where he held a series of advocacy, public policy and communications roles, most recently as Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs for the financial services firm. At Regions, Scribner played a lead role in the development and passage of the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 and represented the bank before financial services and executive branch agencies. He frequently speaks to business groups about political and policy activity in the nation’s capital.


Prior to Regions, Scribner was a journalist and speechwriter for a Fortune 50 corporation. He covered several business beats, including health care, transportation and economic development matters, as well as writing about municipal, state and national politics for several newspapers, including the Florida Times-Union, the Nashville Banner and the Birmingham News. He also wrote speeches for the CEO and executive management team at a leading, national health-care provider.


Scribner is the author of numerous books and articles about public policy and historical development, including Renewing Birmingham: Public Policy and the Promise of Change, and other works about how government policies impact economic development and growth. He has taught as an adjunct professor at several universities, among them, Vanderbilt and Tennessee State.


Scribner grew up in Westchester County, New York, graduated from Princeton University, where he remains involved in volunteer service, and earned a doctorate degree in History and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. He lives in Washington DC with his fiancé, Tonya Williams, and two daughters.


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