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.
1. Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
I decided to run for the election as I feel there is a lack of representation of members from Asian countries. Asian members have been really valuable and significant to the Organization of Transformative Works and should be represented more properly. Other than that, I have been using AO3 for ten years. I spend time reading and writing fanfiction whenever I feel lonely. It is a place that means a lot to me. I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute.
Besides this, I believe that more people are dependent on the internet nowadays and this trend has increased since the pandemic started. I want to make our community a more genuine and welcome place.
2. What skills and/or experience would you bring to the Board?
As a person who works in the IT sector, I am very detail-oriented and curious about the newest technology. I believe that technology can play a vital role in aiding the organization to grow in the future. I have some ideas that could help make this organization’s projects be more accessible to everyone.
I have also had a variety of volunteer and leadership experiences helping underprivileged groups in my local community. I am certain that the the crucial skills that I have learned during these activities, such as, empathy and teamwork, will be useful in my potential upcoming role.
3. 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?
I wish to expand the accessibility of fanworks. In my teenage years, I always felt uncomfortable telling other people I wrote fanfiction. Besides that, I struggled to find a community where I could read and write fanfiction. I felt awkward asking people what they shipped and where they read or wrote fanfiction. Luckily, I was able to find AO3, and this place means a lot to me and many other users. In order to achieve this goal, I will support the work of Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee, Policy & Abuse Committee, and the Support committees, as well as determine ways to enable future growth and prosperity of this organization.
4. 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.
I am most familiar with AO3, our fanfiction archive. As a member of the Support Committee, our responsibilities overlap a little with Policy & Abuse Committee’s responsibilities I understand the struggle of both committees to resolve all the issues we have encountered so far. To help our non-English speaking users, we also work with the Translation committee most of the time. I also look forward to figuring out a more efficient way to address issues non-English users have.
I learned about some struggles the Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee are currently having, and I would like to be involved to work towards a solution. I firmly believe the advancement of technology will make fanfiction more accessible to all people, regardless of where they are located and what languages they speak.
5. 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?
I currently have responsibilities with Support and Tag Wrangling. We have never been really busy. With recruits coming in, our workload will be reduced further, which will give me more time and energy to focus on the Board work. Time management is not a big issue for me as multitasking is an extremely valuable skill I have learned in school and I am very proficient at it.