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Former AFTRA West Coast director Rebecca Rhine has returned to the union as assistant national exec director for public policy and strategic planning.

AFTRA national exec director Greg Hessinger made the announcement as the AFTRA national board opened its convention meeting in Nashville on Tuesday. He cited her work as a consultant in the recent SAG-AFTRA merger vote. Over 36,000 AFTRA members cast ballots, with 76% in favor of the proposal.

“The unprecedented voter return is due in large part to Rebecca’s work and vision,” Hessinger said. “We are fortunate to have her experience in organizing and strategic planning back at AFTRA as we move forward.”

Hessinger said Rhine’s position reflects AFTRA’s initiatives for member involvement and education, outreach and organizing.

He also announced that Dominique Bravo, formerly national director for legal and legislative affairs, will now serve as AFTRA general counsel, focusing on the priorities of union legal work and procedures.

Rhine began working with AFTRA in 1989 and was named exec director of the San Francisco Local in 1992 while simultaneously serving as exec director of the SAG San Francisco branch. In 1999, she was named West Coast director, then left to become executive director of the University Council of the American Federation of Teachers in 2000.