Appointed as Chickasaw Nation Industries Inc.’s, first ever Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Ms. Kirschner’s current role is to enhance CNI’s ability to grow its economic impact by positioning its businesses to operate and thrive in the competitive market.
Before joining CNI, she served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce where she had been General Counsel for over ten years.
Ms. Kirschner attended Dartmouth College and then obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School. She has practiced as a corporate attorney in several private law firms in both Oklahoma City and London, England, where she lived from 1987-1994. As a member of The Law Society, she is licensed to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She is also licensed to practice in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association. Most recently, Ms. Kirschner was honored as a 2019 Byliner of the Year in the category of Law and Civic Involvement by the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association of Women in Communications.
Ms. Kirschner is a member of various professional organizations and serves as an Advisory Director for REI Oklahoma New Market Investments, LLC. She is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Israel Exchange and Sister Cities International OKC and serves on the Board of the Oklahoma Senior Follies.
She has many volunteer interests and has chaired multiple fundraising committees for non-profits. As the 2008-2010 President of Red Earth, Inc., and Chairman of the 23rd and 24th Red Earth Festival, she was honored as a Member of the Inaugural Class of the Elders Council. She participated as a Senior Follies Beauty performing in the 2018 season benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.
She is married to Bruce Scambler and has two sons, Jay, a 2016 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Winston, a member of the Class of 2022 at the University of Oklahoma. They are all members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church where Ms. Kirschner serves on the Stewardship Committee.