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, Senate Bill Drafting, the Department of Elder Affairs, the Governor’s Office of Policy & Budget, and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
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 (she wishes she would have had joined sooner!). Interested in the environment, Meta spent several years as a member of the League's Climate Change & Sustainability committee where she was introduced to local environmental issues and Tallahassee's dedicated environmental community. In 2020 she became Chair of the renamed Natural Resources & Clean Energy Committee, and has testified for League priorities before House and Senate Committees.
Meta joined the Board in 2020 and is looking forward to the League’s return to in-person board meetings and other social and outreach events -- particularly the Hot Topic luncheons at Four Points.