Originally from San Francisco, California, Leif Hatlen has lived for long periods in many other parts of the world: Alaska, Norway, and Canada, as well as spending time in Algeria. He was educated at The University of California, Berkeley where he graduated in 1965. Leif's primary employment was as an engineer, first with the State of California, then with Bechtel Corporation. For a while, he and his wife also owned a restaurant.
Leif's earliest community involvement was with the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley, where he served on the Board of Directors in the late 1960s. He has also been involved with environmental groups in California and Alaska. Upon retiring here in Houston, Leif became involved with the Harris County Democratic Party, where he was the Financial Manager for several years. He has also worked for several political campaigns.
Aside from RoadWomen, Leif is involved with Americans United for Separation of Church and State - Houston Chapter, where he is on the local board and serves as Treasurer. He is also a supporter of the Texas Freedom Network and ACLU. Additionally, Leif is President of the Board of the Botts Collection of LGBT History.
Leif is now retired and lives in Houston with his wife, Elsie. They have six children who reside in various parts of the United States.