2022 Elections Candidates Announcement

Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2022 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • Heather M
  • Michelle S
  • Natalia G
  • Noémie B
  • Tiffany G

Candidates’ full legal names will not be publicly posted this year unless they are appointed or elected to the Board.

E. Anna Szegedi is stepping down from her position on the Board for personal reasons, and so there will be 3 open seats in this year’s election, one of them a partial term of two years. The candidate who places third will be elected to this seat. We are grateful for Anna’s service and thank her for her work and dedication.

Because we have 3 seats to be filled and 5 candidates, the 2022 election will be contested – that is, the members of the OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats.

The Elections Committee is excited to introduce the candidates to all of the members of the OTW! Included in this post are links to short Bios and Platforms written by the candidates. This post also marks the beginning of our Q&A period, during which we invite the public to submit questions for the candidates. Additionally, we will be holding a series of live chats – dates and times for those are to be announced based on candidate availability. Information on the voting period and how to vote will also be posted shortly.

In the meantime, there is a timeline of Elections events available here for your reference. Read on to learn more about our candidates and how you can submit questions for them!

Platforms and Bios

We asked each candidate to provide us with a Bio that sums up their professional and fannish experience, as well as to write a Platform about their goals for their term on the Board by answering the following questions:

  • Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
  • What skills and/or experience would you bring to the Board?
  • Choose one or two goals for the OTW that are important to you and that you would be interested in working on during your term. Why do you value these goals? How would you work with others to achieve them?
  • What is your experience with the OTW’s projects and how would you collaborate with the relevant committees to support and strengthen them? Try to include a range of projects, though feel free to emphasize particular ones you have experience with.
  • How would you balance your Board work with other roles in the OTW, or how do you plan to hand over your current roles to focus on Board work?

You can read both the candidates’ answers to these questions and their bios by following the links below.

Question & Answer (Q&A)

Candidates will also answer questions from the public. Anyone may submit questions via the Elections form. Please submit all questions by 11:59pm UTC on June 26 (what time is that where I live?). All candidates will answer each question submitted, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Questions can be a maximum of 50 words long.
  • Questions must not be repeats of questions from the Platforms. This is to allow candidates to spend their time answering new questions.
  • Similar questions will be grouped together so candidates don’t have to repeat themselves. Elections staff will decide which questions are similar enough to group.
  • If you have a follow-up to a Platform question, please specifically mention that it is a follow-up so it isn’t treated as a repeat.

The posting date for answers will be chosen depending on the number of questions received. Posts will be spread out, arranged by topic, to make it easier for voters to read all the answers.

Heather M’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Heather M (she/her) can still remember the first fanfic she ever read (and recommends it to everyone at the slightest opportunity). She has been volunteering as a graphics designer for Fanlore since August, 2019. She has also spent time on the AO3 Documentation Committee (Docs) and on the Policy & Abuse Committee (PAC). Heather is a former teacher and current training and curriculum developer, and she loves helping people better understand how to use AO3. In her day job, Heather tackles highly technical concepts. She works with experts to figure out the best way to share information with the people who need to understand it. The photoshop skills she developed in fandom regularly come in handy on the job. So does the knowledge of HTML and CSS she gained through creating personal fan websites and custom AO3 skins. As for which fandoms Heather loves most, the answer is simple: fandom itself.

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Michelle S’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Michelle S stumbled upon fandom in high school and refused to let go of it. Mostly they stick to video game and tiny book fandoms and write a lot of fluff fics about their favorite characters. They’re a co-chair for the AO3 Documentation team, and have been part of the Tag Wrangling committee and the Support committee in the past. Outside of the OTW, they work as an assistant manager in a retail store.

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Natalia G’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Natalia Gruber is a teacher and lives in Brazil. She has been a volunteer with the Organization for Transformative Works since 2016, and served in the OTW Board from 2019–2021. She is currently co-chair of the Translation committee, leading a team of 250+ volunteers spread all over the world, and a member of the Volunteers & Recruiting committee. In the past, she has also volunteered for the Tag Wrangling and Policy & Abuse committees.

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Noémie B’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Noémie B discovered the joys of sharing transformative works through My Little Pony fanart in primary school. She has since then spent a ridiculous amount of time in book fandoms, Real Person Fiction, anime fandoms, and is now a casual K-pop fan. While not being a very active participant in fandom, she was (and still is) very interested in fan studies and fan projects, and decided to join the Organization for Transformative Works as a way to give back to fan communities at large.

She has been a Tag Wrangler since 2015 and a supervisor since 2018, and got to work in collaboration with the Open Doors and Support committees. Her experience volunteering for the OTW has helped her grow and allowed her not only to improve her English skills but also her ability to work in teams and occasionally to mentor others.

Outside of fandom, she works as a speech therapist (and unofficially as her own secretary and accountant). She loves words and languages and wants to help others experience the beauty of creating, reading, and sharing stories. She firmly believes in the OTW’s missions and values.
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Tiffany G’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Tiffany G first noticed fan art when she was watching Digimon as a kid. Later in life, she started reading and creating fanfiction on a variety of topics including movies, arts, history, games, and many more. One of her favorite books is the Legend of Galactic Heroes. It gives her a lot of inspiration in digital arts, writings and political views.

Besides OTW, she is very active in volunteer work. She has served in the student association of her university and is also currently a board member of her local community center. After university, she has worked in the software industry and public services. At present, she is working as a technical support person in a governmental organization.
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