Lynette Rinker is the immediate past President of CMRW. She served the Town of Cornelius as Mayor in 2013 and Mayor Pro Tem 2009-2013. She was Vice-Chair of MECK GOP from 2015-2017. She remains active in party leadership as a member of the Executive Committee for both the County and the 12th District. As an elected official she was honored to serve on the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (now CRTPO), Metropolitan Transit Commission, and the Arts and Sciences Council. Prior to being elected, Lynette was on the Cornelius Planning Board, Transportation Committee, Growth Management Committee and the Land Development Code Committee.
She is retired from a career in architecture, design and construction. She began her career at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina, as Director of Facilities Planning, where her responsibilities included the capital planning and execution for all 9 system campuses and the operations of the Main campus in Columbia. Notable projects include the Koger Center for the Performing Arts and the east side expansion of Williams-Brice stadium. She was elected as the first female president of the South Carolina Association of Planning and Construction Officials. She also worked as Assistant Director of Architecture for Carolinas Healthcare. She enjoyed more than a decade as Executive Director of the South Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and of AIA Charlotte and was recognized for her successes in government affairs (lobbying) and public relations.
In addition to her work with the party and CMRW, Lynette also serves on the Board of the Susan M. Tillis Foundation and is the Vice-Chair of the Woodlawn School Board of Trustees.
She and her husband, Mark, have 3 grown children and two grandchildren.