Patsy Barnett Kinsey is a native Charlottean and Eastsider. She was born at Presbyterian Hospital and raised on Central Avenue. The Eastside schools she attended were Midwood Elementary, Piedmont Junior High and Central High School. Her family came to Mecklenburg County in the mid-1700s and she is a descendant of Matthew McClure, a signer of the 1775 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
During Patsy’s service on the Mecklenburg County Commission, the Charlotte City Council, and as Mayor of Charlotte she focused on affordable housing and the preservation of the city’s historic neighborhoods, several of which are in East Charlotte. She was one of six citizens who led the revitalization of the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood in the late 1970s.
Patsy’s interest in serving on the Charlotte East Board developed after attending a few meetings as a guest and becoming acquainted with the work they were doing under a very strong leadership team. She hopes to be able to contribute to the important work the organization is doing in East Charlotte particularly in the areas of economic development and transportation. In her limited spare time Patsy gardens (collards are almost ready to harvest), bakes, does pottery, weaves baskets, and makes pysanky eggs.