Lattice CPO Council

As HR teams become strategic drivers of organizational excellence at their companies, the Chief People Officer is no longer simply a department leader. They’re stepping up to the plate as a next-generation business leader.

Lattice has brought together an exclusive group of today’s most strategic HR executives who demonstrate every day how CPOs are operating in this new era of people leadership.

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Meet the council

Cara Brennan Allamano
Chief People Officer

Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Lattice as Chief People Officer, she was SVP of People at both Udemy (UDMY) and Planet Labs (PL) and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest (PIN), Efficient Frontier – now Adobe, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is also co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, holds a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, completed graduate studies at Stanford University and is finishing her Master’s degree in Leadership and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Melanie Naranjo
VP, People

Melanie Naranjo is the VP of People at Ethena, a modern compliance training provider focused on building more inclusive and ethical workplaces. With 9+ years of experience in the HR and People space, she’s been interviewed by HR Brew, FastCompany, NBC, and more for her unique insights. When she’s not scaling teams, leading trainings, or coaching managers, she’s recharging by either baking something sweet or taking one of her dogs (or cats) for a walk.

Donald Knight
Chief People Officer

Donald Knight is Chief People Officer at Greenhouse Software. He leads with a people-first mentality hoping to unlock the potential of Greenhouse talent globally. With a focus on the connection between people and the processes that serve them, Donald and his team create proximity by building bridges focusing on enhanced experiences that nurture culture and develop people.

Leading the People team, Donald works to help Greenhouse create an environment for people to do the best work of their lives. He is responsible for providing global strategy and leadership in developing, overseeing, and administering people programs. With expansion top of mind, the team delivers a scalable people strategy that enables the organization to expand globally.

Q Hamirani
Chief People Officer

Q is a business minded people and operations leader, advisor and executive coach. He is currently the Chief People Office at Paper where he oversees all aspects of the people team, including talent acquisition, people ops, total rewards, and internal communications for 3000+ employees. Prior to Paper, he joined Airbnb in 2018 as its first global people ops leader, and was responsible for the strategic vision, build-out and execution of Airbnb’s people & talent operations function from the ground up. Additionally, he was responsible for leading Airbnb through numerous pivotal milestones including hyper growth, pandemic responses, workforce restructuring, IPO and the future of work. Q is a trusted advisor to founders, C-Suites, people executives and several accelerator programs globally.

Natalie Breece
Chief People & Diversity Officer

Natalie Breece is the Chief People + Diversity Officer for thredUP Inc. (NASDAQ: TDUP) where she has dedicated the last 7 years building, innovating and executing the Talent Acquisition, People Operations, Total Rewards, DEIB and L&D strategies for the company. Natalie and her team is in relentless pursuit of cultivating an environment that enables thredUP 2000+ employees to do the best work of their lives while inspiring a new generation to think secondhand first.

Courtney Cherry Ellis
SVP, People

Courtney Cherry Ellis is the Senior Vice President of People at AuditBoard, a B2B SaaS company focused on the audit, risk, and compliance space. As an HR leader, she has a passion for building high-performing teams, creating programs that reinforce culture, and celebrate business outcomes. She loves partnering with business leaders to find new and creative ways to hire, inspire, reward, and engage employees.

Alan Cairns
Chief People Officer

Alan is a highly accomplished, commercial “T shaped” CPO who has successfully transitioned from CPO to COO & back to CPO, bringing the best of both and learning along the way. A compelling storyteller, Alan brings positivity, vulnerability, fun, and energy to everything he does. He has overseen significant spikes in finding, attracting, and recruiting top talent, and advises Founders on commercial growth, bringing into play his knowledge, experience, and playbook to help solve scaling challenges. Alan has worked for and with some of the UK’s most celebrated entrepreneurs at companies including Moneymarket, MOO, Octopus Ventures and iTech Media Group and now serves as CPO of GoCardless.

Valentina Gissin
Chief People Officer
Garner Health

Valentina Gissin is Chief People Officer of Garner Health Technology, a venture-backed company on a mission to transform the U.S. healthcare economy. She has been a thought leader in the People space for over a decade, spanning industry and stage. Valentina pivoted from a career as a technology lawyer to manage talent for Bridgewater Associates, and since then has always taken a first principles, non-traditional approach to People. Valentina went on to lead talent management, employee experience, talent development and several aspects of human resources for Chewy, building the foundations that enabled Chewy to grow by almost 50% during her tenure. Prior to joining Garner, she was the Chief People Officer of Citizen.

Regina Ross
Chief People Officer
Khan Academy

In addition to her full-time ‘day job’ as Chief People Officer at Khan Academy, Regina L. Ross serves others as a transformational strategist, coach, pastor, consultant, speaker & author with a passion for empowering people to discover and authentically express their potential in a way that creates purpose, value and fulfillment.  Prior to joining Khan Academy, Regina held senior leadership roles in Operations, Human Resources, and Change Management at Target, Amazon, and Pitney Bowes. Regina earned her BS in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, and she holds professional certifications in Human Resources, Change Management, Coaching, and Continuous Process Improvement. Regina, who currently lives in Northern CA, loves to travel and has RVing cross-country on her bucket list.

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