2023 OTW Elections Candidates Announcement

Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2023 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • Anh P.
  • Audrey R.
  • Emyn a.
  • Jennifer H.
  • Kathryn S.
  • Qiao C.
  • Zixin Z.

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

As previously advised, Heather McGuire is stepping down from her position on the Board, and so there will be four open seats in this year’s election, one of them a partial term of two years. The candidate who places fourth will be elected to this seat. We are grateful for Heather’s service and thank her for her work and dedication.

Because we have four seats to be filled and seven candidates, the 2023 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 25 (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 volunteers 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.

  1. Nexidava commented:

    It appears that the link to Qiao C’s bio is dead?

    • Claudia Rebaza commented:

      Hi Nexidava — Thanks for letting us know! Looks like an extra space in the link was causing the issue. Please reload and try again, it should work now. — Claudia Rebaza, OTW Communications

  2. L commented:

    I cannot find a descripton of the Board members Duties to the organization.

    What are the duties of a board member? So i can determine which electees are best qualified?

  3. mags commented:

    Would it be possible to tag this with “Elections” as well as “Elections Committee”? It seems like these tags are used inconsistently. The “2023 OTW Election Timeline & Membership Deadline” post was only tagged “Elections.”

    • Claudia Rebaza commented:

      Hello mags — Yes, I’ve done so, and I’m afraid many hands the tags do inconsistent over time. Another option I can offer is to visit our Pinboard account https://pinboard.in/u:otw_news/t:Elections/ The only tag there is Elections so it should all be together, and it’s also much faster to scroll through past posts that way. Hope that helps! — Claudia Rebaza, OTW Communications

  4. DirectorsHello commented:

    Considering the recent revelations concerning major issues and abuse of power within the org, what kind of guarantee can remaining members offer future directors and voters? Electing people who won’t be able to do what they planned to do because of internal pressure or undue influence from certain parts of the org is pointless. As many have said, including current and former volunteers, things have to change and apologies are due. We haven’t heard any statement from current directors that this was going to happen.
    Also, are any of the current candidates linked to members who have misused their power?