Paula Adams has been appointed personnel director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city department that owns and operates four airports in Southern California, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

As the new personnel director, Adams is responsible for managing department’s Human Resources Division, which covers the areas of equal employment opportunities, labor relations and records management, staffing and compensation, training and benefits, and city employment opportunities. The division provides human resources services to over 3,500 Los Angeles City employees at Los Angeles World Airports.

In announcing the appointment, Samson Mengistu, Los Angeles World Airports deputy executive director for administration and government affairs, said, “Paula Adams brings extensive experience in managing all aspects of personnel work and she will be a great asset to LAWA, and play a key role as we move forward with improvements in Human Resources.”

In taking on the position, Adams said, “My goal is to create a truly empowered Human Resources Division, and I look forward to my role in facilitating the personal interaction among my staff and all of LAWA’s employees.”

Adams has previously held administrative positions within three Los Angeles city departments — Los Angeles World Airports, the Department of Water and Power and the Department of General Services. Most recently she served as a utility administrator at the Department of Water and Power, where she conducted internal investigations.

From 2000 to 2007, Adams served in various positions within Los Angeles World Airports, including labor relations analyst and management analyst. She held dual roles in which she served as both the agency’s labor relations manager and the equal employment opportunity manager.

Adams, a Los Angeles resident, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Certificate in Corporate Litigation from the University of California, Los Angeles Extension.