Lori McAdams joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 2004 as Director of Human Resources, and by June 2006 was promoted to Vice President. As VP of Human Resources & Administration, McAdams oversees the traditional Human Resources functions, including recruiting and staffing, training and education, employee relations, organizational and employee development, and compensation and benefits.
McAdams also manages the Safety and Security teams, as well as Archives and Exhibitions,and Community Relations. As a member of Pixar’s Leadership Team, she participates in leading the studio in its every day and long-term business operations. McAdams holds a credit on a number of Pixar’s films, including Golden Globe®- winner “Cars,” the Academy Award®-winning features “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” and “Brave,” as well as “Monsters University.”
Raised with her siblings by a single mother who worked as a union representative and later a Federal Mediator, McAdams was surrounded by the world of Human Resources and labor management from an early age. Inspired by a love for psychology and television, McAdams graduated from Chico State with a degree in Communications, with a focus in Broadcast Television. She later went on to get her Masters degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
McAdams began her career in Human Resources at Lucasfilm Ltd. where she was the leader of the Human Resources Department. She then went on to Electronic Arts as a Director of Human Resources, primarily for the Maxis Development Studio, and spent one year as an interim Director of Human Resources at Tippett Studios before coming to Pixar.
McAdams currently resides in Lafayette, California with her husband of 25 years and has three grown children.
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