Elif İnan moved to Stanford University in California from Istanbul, Turkey in 1973 with her husband Umran Inan who was pursuing a PhD degree. The couple lived on the Stanford campus from 1973 to 2009 where they raised two children. From 1975 to 1999, Mrs. Inan worked at Stanford University administration holding several Management and Director level positions. Elif Inan worked as the Director of Employee Benefits at Ross Stores, Inc. with a budgetary responsibility of $32M serving an employee population of about 30,000 between 2000 and 2005. In 2009, Umran Inan accepted a new position as President of Koc University in Istanbul. Mrs. Inan resigned from then her current position as the Director of Human Resources and Client Services at MacCorkle Insurance Service to join her husband in Istanbul. Mrs. Inan worked at MacCorkle Insurance Service from 2005 to 2009.