Lorraine Hynes was most recently the Purchasing Agent for the State of Rhode Island where she had administrative charge of central purchasing including Higher Education and Department of Transportation. As head of the Rhode Island Division of Purchases, she had responsibility to plan, organize and direct the activities of the Division of Purchases engaged in contracting and purchasing of supplies, materials, construction (vertical and horizontal), equipment and services required by departments and agencies of state government; also to represent the administration in real estate and contractual agreements for the acquisition and rental property and buildings. For many years she served as Chairperson of the Architects, Engineers and Consultants Committee, Habilitation Procurement Board, head of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), member of the statewide Capitol Projects construction committee, Legislative liaison for the Department of Business Regulation, paralegal and member of the Veteran’s $90 million dollar building committee and other boards and commissions.
Prior to working for the State of Rhode Island Lorraine worked in numerous governmental positions ranging from Public Works assistant to appointment as Administrative Assistant to the Mayor in the Town of Cumberland, Rhode Island. She later went on to serve on the Cumberland Town Council for twelve (12) years and as Council President managing town finances and Capitol projects.
In addition, Ms. Hynes has played leadership roles in public safety, fire commissioner, open space/land acquisitions, and other public service related boards.
In January, 2015 Lorraine was approved as an exhibiting artist member at the Providence Art Club. She has been a member of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) since July, 2014 which was a recommendation by Governor Lincoln Chafee and approved by the Senate. Lorraine is a member of the Cape Cod Art Association, Bristol Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, Portsmouth Art Guild and the current President of the Wickford Art Association.