Rebecca Rhine, who has served as the National Executive Director of the International Cinematographers Guild since 2015, announced that she will be joining the DGA as its new Western Executive Director once her ICG contract expires in September.
Rhine will assume her new post in October, and she will have oversight of the DGA’s Western Region and national responsibility for the Contracts Department, Safety and Agency Relations, in addition to working closely with the Government Affairs department on state and local issues.
“I am so pleased that Rebecca will now be a part of the DGA’s senior executive team,” the DGA’s National Executive Director Russell Hollander said in a statement. “With an incredible breadth of labor experience and an extensive understanding of our industry, Rebecca will be an exceptional asset to the DGA and its membership. She is a skilled organizer and negotiator, and with three decades [spent] working for labor unions, she has demonstrated her substantial ability to take on difficult battles and achieve remarkable success. We look forward to putting her skills to work on behalf of directors and their teams.”
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to advocate for the rights of DGA members and bring my experience and passion representing entertainment industry workers to the Directors Guild of America,” added Rhine. “I have such tremendous respect for the creativity and dedication of Directors and the directorial team.”
Rhine previously served as a director of the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plan and as a member of the L.A. County Labor Federation’s Executive Board. Prior to her tenure at the ICG (IATSE Local 600), she served as Executive Director of the Municipal Executives Association, where she represented managers in the city and county of San Francisco.
Other positions that Rhine has held during her esteemed career include Northern Area Director of SEIU Local 1000, Assistant National Executive Director of AFTRA for Public Policy and Strategic Planning, Executive Director of AFT University Council, and Executive Director of the AFTRA/SAG Local in San Francisco.