Elena Nachmanoff has been in charge of talent at NBC News since 1990. Nachmanoff was promoted to Vice President, NBC News, in 1992. She has oversight of all talent recruitment and development, as well as aspects of contract negotiations for NBC News and MSNBC. Nachmanoff is also called upon to assist with talent recruitment and development issues throughout several divisions of NBC Universal. Nachmanoff was part of a team that recruited notable NBC News anchors and correspondents including Brian Williams, David Bloom, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Lester Holt and Hoda Kotb, to name a few. Nachmanoff leads a number of diversity initiatives for NBC Universal, NBC News and MSNBC.
Nachmanoff is a member of the NBC News Diversity Council. Her department has successfully coordinated NBC Universal’s presence at the annual National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, Native American Journalist Association and UNITY conventions, since 1990. Her duties have included organizing job fairs, professional development seminars, mentoring receptions and student projects for each respective convention. In 1995, she created, and continues to manage, the highly competitive NBC News Associates Program, which recruits and develops aspiring journalists for network news production roles. Over 75 percent of the News Associates who have completed the program have gone on to production positions with NBC News.
Prior to joining NBC in 1990, Nachmanoff was an agent at N.S. Bienstock, a New York based talent agency, for seven years. A native New Yorker, she graduated from Cornell University in 1982.