While many people are okay with their fannish identities being connected to their legal identities, that is not is not the case for everyone, for various reasons. OTW’s policy puts that decision in the hands of the candidates; it is up to them to decide how much they are comfortable sharing about their fannish identities. This applies both during and after the election process, for candidates who are elected as well as for those who are not.
Having served on a committee within the organization helps to ensure that a candidate has a certain level of familiarity with the internal workings of the OTW, as well as the ability to work well with others in an online volunteer capacity. It also shows that the candidate has demonstrated commitment to the OTW and its values.