S02 Committee Proposal: Decentralized Finance Governance Committee: Group A

Committee category:

Decentralized Finance Committee

In line with the recent introduction of governance committees, this committee will focus on each DeFi-related proposal, delivering a summary, basic due diligence, a voting recommendation, and justification to Optimism Token House delegates and the community. This will provide relief and full-time expertise to Optimism Token House delegates who would otherwise duplicate some portions of this work or have a specialized background elsewhere.

We are a committee of five active delegates, both individuals and organizations, with a shared vision for growth, scalability, and long-term success for Optimism and its community.

Our focus is on growing a key part of an ecosystem’s success; decentralized finance.


This does not preclude Optimism Token House delegates from performing their own analysis or choosing to vote against the recommendation.

This does not preclude other committees from evaluating the same proposal if that proposal falls within multiple committee mandates.

Proposed number of committee members:


Who will be the committee lead?

Katie Garcia

Katie has been involved in the DeFi space since 2018, having worked at the Maker Foundation until its dissolution in 2021. She currently works for UDHC Finance, and is still involved in the Maker Community and DeFi as a whole.

Who will be the committee reviewers?

GFX Labs

Currently a delegate for Maker, OP, Hop, Uniswap, Interest Protocol, and (formerly) Compound, GFX has extensive experience in governance and the DeFi space.

Flipside Crypto

Flipside is a data analytics and business intelligence company, with a full-time dedicated Governance team. We partner with major Layer 1s and DeFi protocols to provide analytics, user acquisition, user retention, and marketing. The team currently runs delegations across DeFi protocols and L2 networks, including Maker, Optimism, Hop, Aave, ENS, and SushiSwap.


StableNode is a governance research and product development company. Using research and hands-on experience we aim to advance standards in decentralized governance. StableNode is one of the leading professional delegates across major ecosystems and DeFi protocols, including Maker, Optimism, Balancer, Element Finance, Hop, and Jet Protocol.

Linda Xie
Linda is the co-founder of a crypto fund Scalar Capital which has invested in many DeFi projects, is a delegate for Gitcoin and Element DAO, is an advisor of 0x, member of the dYdX Grants committee and previously was an early employee at Coinbase from 2014-2017.

Please provide the voting history, voting participation rate and % of votable supply held by each committee member:

Katie - 100% voting participation, 3.36% supply

GFX - 23.86% voting participation, 2.90% supply*

Flipside - 53.85% voting participation, 0.76% supply*

StableNode - 100% voting participation, 0.28% supply

Linda Xie - 97.37% voting participation, 10.10% supply

*GFX utilizes Gnosis Safe, which was not compatible with Snapshot’s UI, resulting in missed votes until a solution was found. Vote recommendations and summaries were still provided on the Optimism forum.
*This participation rate is unfortunately do to administrative error, missing cycle #2. Please see our rationale and intended votes here: Flipside Weekly Governance Recap - OP Cycle #2 Votes

Please disclose any and all conflicts of interest committee members may have:

If any delegate has a conflict of interest stated here or otherwise, they will recuse themselves from a committee vote on that proposal. If appropriate, they will also recuse themselves from discussion participation.

Please outline the decision making framework the committee plans to use to make recommendations:

This committee will provide basic due diligence research, a brief summary, and voting recommendation for each proposal formally submitted related to borrow/lend protocols, decentralized exchanges, yield aggregators, decentralized stablecoins, and any other Optimism proposal primarily related to decentralized finance.

The DeFi Committee will consider the following metrics when making a recommendation:

  • Amount of OP requested
  • Whether or not the project has launched on Optimism (and if OP native)
  • Whether or not the proposal will drive ecosystem growth and is aligned with the purpose of the governance fund
  • Incentive matching
  • TVL, DAU, and total volume traded

Please describe how the committee will operate:

The committee will decide its recommendation by a simple majority vote. A committee member will draft the summary, recommendation, and other communication, which will then be reviewed by the committee before publishing.

  • We will provide our reasons and recommendations for voting under a DeFi committee thread within the forum
  • We will communicate our recommendation within 3 business days of a vote being initiated
  • We will communicate any material findings from our due diligence research
  • We will provide a summary of the proposal for OP voters and delegates

Excited to work with Katie and the team, luminaries in the OP ecosystem.

We believe together we bring a unique range of experience and expertise to elevate Optimism to its next stage of maturity. Let’s get this rolling!


Very cool to see a committee proposal up! Can you add [DRAFT] S02 Committee Proposal: to the title? :slight_smile:


nice but some question

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This makes a lot of sense and is good to see. Great to amplify sector knowledge!

One tactical question that wasn’t clear based on my read of the proposal…once a majority vote is cast by the DeFi Gov Committee for a proposal, are all delegates on the committee then required to vote their delegate $OP based on that majority vote (even if they may have a dissenting opinion)?

Also, I could see value in requiring / asking the committee to put forth a case for and case against framework to be balanced.


Agree Agree, very good proposal

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This brings up a very interesting point. In my opinion, all of the delegates in this committee are awesome, and would be very well suited to lead their own committees! However, I also think it is important for the community to discuss the overall voting power that would be acting in this committee, and the potential impacts as a result.

If all votes are pooled and voting in line with the committee’s recommendation, the ability for delegates to act independently would be blocked. Alternatively, if delegates are voting independently and against the committee’s recommendation, the recommendations could potentially lose credibility in the eyes of some community members. In the latter case, are committees effective if the members in which they are comprised are voting against the committee’s decision?

If the idea is to pay delegates for their work, perhaps the community should just do that without forming committees and pooling votes. By compensating delegates, the diligence and recommendations could still be published on an independent basis while also retaining voter diversity. Additionally, to assist with information overload (assuming this continues to exist with fair compensation), there could be delegates committed to focusing on different core areas of governance (i.e. DeFi), as opposed to the full spectrum.


Its not mandatory but recommended to go with committee decision.

They are expected to follow the recommendation of committees, except in extreme circumstances


Happy to answer any questions you have.

Hi Raho, thanks for the question. Our understanding is that a committee will make a recommendation, but it is ultimately up to each delegate to vote individually how they see fit. If any delegate votes against a committee recommendation, they would be expected to provide a clear explanation as to their reasoning. However, a committee recommendation is simply a suggestion and delegates can vote freely. See below for additional information provided by the Foundation.

Delegates not serving on committees will still be responsible for signing all their own votes. If delegates vote against the recommendation of the committee, they will be expected to post their reasoning in the forum roundup thread. To address concerns about a drop-off in non-committee delegate participation, the Optimism Foundation will track this data and re-evaluate the structure of committees if we see a meaningful decrease.


Thanks for the link, I hadn’t seen that thread.

I think the concept that a dissenting committee member must explain their justification is generally a good feature.

However, I do think it might be more transparent and easier on the committee members and delegates if the committee recommendation comes with (i) case for, (ii) case against, (iii) committee majority recommendation, and (iv) disclosure of committee members that vote contrary to the majority.

If cases for and against are both presented and dissenting committee members disclose their dissent, I don’t personally think that a separate rundown or explanation of that delegates specific reasons for dissent need to be called out as justifications should be adequately represented in the case for and case against framework. It’s nuanced, but to me that still feels like a more united committee communication vs a dissenting voter being required to break from the group and write a separate thread.


I came here in hopes of making my own committee but just found out i cant. so i am here to provide feedback. you guys have a great team set up here with good relevant backgrounds.


i think nice for all time

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Check out my tread about the subject.

It would be cool if the committee can state plus and minuses, yin and yang about proposals without actually giving a direct recommendation. Let the delegates make their own perceptive with help of the committee’s in depth analysis.

Other DeFi committees are also good but I must choose the best one for the OP ecosystem so I will give a for to this committee, I know Katie Garci and Linda Xie well, read about others they also seen as qualified.

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Abstaining from this vote since this is my proposal.

Voted yes

In my opinion, this is the Defi committee with the most relevant and wide ranging experience.


Abstained as I have a defi committee proposal of my own.


Abstained from this vote since I’m part of the committee proposal.