Eva Caldera is the Associate Secretary/Chief Operating Officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She oversees the Society’s operations and collaborates with staff, leaders, and members to shape programs, member engagement, advocacy and outreach that advance the organization’s mission: to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.
Immediately before joining Phi Beta Kappa in 2017, she served in the Obama Administration at the National Endowment for the Humanities, as Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives. She was a core member of the NEH senior leadership team for nearly eight years, and she was responsible for the agency’s signature initiatives promoting the public humanities, including Bridging Cultures and The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square. She also launched Standing Together, NEH’s special initiative focused on the experience of veterans.
Caldera is originally from Winnetka, Illinois. Her career has taken her across the country and back. She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard College, then earned a JD degree from Harvard Law School. She practiced law in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, then went on to become a Research Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she combined teaching, research, and practice focused on medical ethics.
Caldera is an avid reader and an amateur violinist currently playing in a local community orchestra. She is married to Louis Caldera and has three adult daughters.