Meta Calder was born in Chicago but grew up in Miami, where her mother, Florence Wills, was highly active in the American Civil Liberties Union. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1972, married in 1973, and shortly thereafter moved to Tallahassee.
With both daughters in school, she attended FSU’s Law School and received her Juris Doctor in 1991. Meta’s public service career included working for the Florida House of Representatives Health Care Committee, the Department of Elder Affairs, the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, the Agency for Persons withDisabilities, and Senate Bill Drafting.
Upon retirement in 2015, Meta joined the League in memory of her mother Florence, always an active member who was persistent in encouraging Meta to join. Interested in the environment, Meta spent several years as a member of the Tallahassee League's Climate Change and Sustainability committee where she was introduced to local environmental issues and Tallahassee's dedicated environmental community. In 2020 she joined the board and became Chair of the Natural Resources and Clean Energy Committee, and has testified for League priorities before House and Senate Committees. A significant proportion of the committee's time is spent working with local city and county government efforts toward sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.