Former AFTRA executive Rebecca Rhine has been named the new national executive director of the International Cinematographers Guild — the first woman to hold the union’s top job. She will succeed Bruce Doering, who has held the post for the past 30 years, when he retires on December 31. Rhine begins her new job on December 1.

Rhine’s appointment comes at a time when the guild is touting its efforts to increase diversity. Its website features a recent trade ad that noted that 1,100 of its members are women, who account for less than 15% of local’s 7,700 members. Fewer than 4% of the industry’s cinematographers are women.

Rhine is currently executive director of the Municipal Executives Association, an organization that represents city and county managers in San Francisco. Before joining MEA in 2007, she was the northern area director of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, a union repping more than 95,000 janitors and other service workers in California. She was AFTRA assistant national executive director from January 2002-September 2005, overseeing public policy and strategic planning. Before that she served 10 years as the executive director of the AFTRA/SAG local in San Francisco.

“I am extremely gratified for the opportunity to join such a creative and distinguished organization and look forward to building on the substantial progress made by the Guild on a wide range of industry issues that impact working men and women,” Rhine said.

Her appointment was approved over the weekend by the ICG’s national executive board.