Patsy Kinsey as a young girl with her parents and sisterI was born and raised in Charlotte and have watched it grow from a small southern city into a large city rich with diversity. I grew up on Central Avenue in what is now Charlotte City Council District One. In fact, I have lived most of my life either in District One or directly across the street from it.

I have three children and three grandchildren and it goes without saying they are all the lights of my life. I am a member of Myers Park Baptist Church and sing in the choir, however I worship at different churches in the district throughout the year.

I graduated from Central High School here in Charlotte and currently work in client relations for LaBella, an engineering and architectural firm.

In the early 1990s I was elected and served as an at-large member of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners for two terms, however, I have been serving this community in many capacities for more than forty years.Patsy Kinsey and her sister Carolyn when they were little girls

I was first elected to the city council in 2003. I currently chair the Council's Environment Committee and am a member of other committees that are important to District One as listed below. I also serve as the City Council Representative to the Discovery Place board and I serve as chair of the Centralina Council of Governments. I continue to serve as a member of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Action Committee.

In July 2013, I was honored to be selected by my colleagues to serve as Mayor of Charlotte when then-Mayor Anthony Foxx was tapped by President Obama to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of Transportation. As mayor, I stood firm to keep the control of Charlotte's airport in Charlotte.

Current City Council Committees

  • Chair, Environment Committee
  • Vice Chair, Transportation and Planning Committee
  • Member, Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee
  • Member, Budget Committee
  • Member, Governance and Accountability Committee

Previous City Council Committees

  • Chair, Housing and neighborhood Development Committee
  • Chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Vice Chair, Community Relations Committee
  • Member, Economic Development and Planning
  • Member, Restructuring Government


  • Client Relations, LaBella (Previously Pease Associates), currently
  • Director of Community Relations, Director of Business Development, Pease Associates, from 1995
  • Interim General Manager, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, 1982-1982
  • Customer Service Representative, NCNB - now Bank of America, 1964-1969

Community Leadership Positions

  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library
  • Chair, Mental Health Association
  • President, YWCA Central Carolina
  • Chair, Public Safety Committee, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, Pacesetters Division, 1996 United Way Campaign
  • President, Charlotte Symphony Women's Association
  • President, Mecklenburg Historical Association
  • Chair, Heart Sunday, American Heart Association
  • Chair, Mint Museum Antiques Show
  • Chair, Youth Symphony of the Carolinas
  • Chair, Criminal Justice Partnership advisory Board
  • Secretary, North Carolina Chapter March of Dimes
  • Co-Chair, CPCC Foundation, Central High Legacy Campaign
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Solutions Task Force
  • Chair, International Committee, YMCA of Greater Charlotte
  • Chair, Board of Administration, Myers Park Baptist Church
  • Vice Chair, Board of Managers, Harris Branch YMCA
  • Treasurer, Alexander Graham Junior High PTA
  • Founder, Citizens for Preservation, Inc.
  • Deacon, Myers Park Baptist Church

Civic Board Memberships

  • Discovery Place
  • Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
  • Board of Advisors, Charlotte Chamber
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • March of Dimes, Greater Piedmont Chapter
  • United Family Services
  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
  • Myers Park Elementary School PTA
  • Charlotte City Ballet
  • Friends of Music at Queens College
  • Berryhill Preservation, Inc.
  • Arts & Science Council
  • Charlotte Center City Partners

Political Activities

  • President, Women in Municipal Government, National League of Cities, 2016 - present
  • President-Elect, Women in Municipal Government, National League of Cities, 2015 - 2016
  • Chair, Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee, National League of Cities, 2013-2014
  • Secretary, National Democratic Municipal Officials, 2014 - present
  • Board Member, North Carolina League of Municipalities, 2013 - 2016
  • President-Elect, Centralina Council of Governments, 2015-2017
  • Secretary, Centralina Council of Governments, 2012 - 2015
  • District 1 Representative, Charlotte City Council, 2013 - present
  • Mayor of Charlotte, July 2013 - December 2013
  • District 1 Representative, Charlotte City Council, 2003 - 2013
  • At-Large Member, Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners, 1990 -1994; Vice Chair, 1992 - 1994
  • Board Member, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
  • Executive Committee, Centralina Council of Governments (as a county commissioner)
  • Human Services and Education Steering Committee, National Association of Counties
  • North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force
  • Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
  • Mecklenburg County Alliance for Excellence in the Justice System
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission
  • City of Charlotte Historic Districts Commission
  • *Most recent positions listed first