40 Under 40 | Steve Hansen, Genentech Inc.
If you could be anything, what would it be?
Even since my childhood, I’ve loved vibrant urban areas where the fabric of a community is defined by neighborliness and a microcosm-like cultural life. Along those lines, one of my dreams has always been to create or influence urban in-fill projects to create that kind of a community. As regular citizens, we can do this by supporting visionary leaders, artists and developers that aim to make a generational impact. To be this kind of citizen has been an important dream of mine.
What is your favorite thing about the region?
The best thing about Sacramento is that people know each other here in a substantive way. It’s great to walk down the street or eat dinner somewhere and see your neighbors and friends around every corner. This feeling of community is my favorite thing about Sacramento.
If you could improve one thing about the region, what would it be?
We have no shortage of excellent, smart people in the region. I would like to improve our ability to work across the fragmented government and community lines that often prevent us from having a cohesive regional vision.
What’s one thing you want to do before you die?
Visit all seven continents! I’ve been to four already…watch out Asia (China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam), Antarctica, and Australia. Traveling both opens my eyes to the wonderful cultures of our planet and helps me to appreciate how lucky we are in our own country.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’ve never known where I would be five years out. Looking back five years ago, there’s no way that I could have predicted where I would be today.
As a younger professional, what is the biggest challenge you face?
Time. There are so many demands on younger professionals today that it’s easy to wake up and realize you’ve scheduled out personal time from your life. It’s a balancing act that most of us are still trying to master with constantly changing demands and opportunities.
What’s your favorite place in the region and why?
The American River Trail, which is a place of zen to bike, contemplate, and experience nature.