[Note: Candidates were limited to 300 words for each answer.]
What do you believe are the 2 most important tasks the OTW has accomplished in the past two years? Why?
The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2017 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):
Because we have 3 seats to be filled and 6 candidates, the 2017 election will be contested – that is, the members of 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!
Jessie Camboulives graduated from the Sorbonne Law School, and is currently working towards an LL.M. in Digital Law. She discovered fandom in 2007 with Harry Potter fanfiction, but since then she has become a fandom hoarder, with a current passion for Overwatch and Yuri!!! On Ice. Jessie joined the OTW as a French translation volunteer in 2015, after stumbling on one of Legal’s news posts. She is now serving as a tag wrangler and Support staff, where she works to ensure that AO3 users have the best possible experience on the site.
Milena Popova has had an on-again/off-again relationship with fandom for well over two decades (don’t do the maths!). After fanfic thoroughly ruined their ability to enjoy mainstream popular culture beyond the “price of entry” into fandom, Milena decided to make a career of this and is currently completing their PhD research into representations of sexual consent in fanfiction. In a past life they were a technology/project manager at a large multinational, and they also have a large amount of past and current volunteering experience up to and including serving on the boards of two UK non-profits. Within the OTW, they have been a tag wrangling volunteer for two and half years, and more recently a Comms staffer on the Fanhackers project. Milena is thoroughly owned by a cat named Chili (also known as Cultural Theorist Cat), with whom they live in the south-west England.
Gimena Calixto is an Audiovisual Media student in college with experience producing and participating in diverse projects in the field (doing camera work, video and sound edition, etc.), but even more experience in being fannish over them. She stumbled upon fandom in 2002 and has never left since, her interests ranging anywhere from anime to bandom to books to comics to TV series over the time. Fandom has given her not only a creative outlet and a way to connect to like-minded individuals, but also a way to better a lot of her skills and grow as a person through the exchange of opinions and knowledge. Volunteering for the OTW has been her way to give back to fandom. She first joined the OTW as a tag wrangler in 2016, and later on joined the Abuse committee.