Every year, the Sacramento Business Journal honors the “40 Under 40” – a group of young Sacramento professionals who are making their mark on the region. And every year, Sacramento State alumni make up a significant portion of the list.
This year is no exception: 11 Sacramento State alumni have been named to the 2019 “40 Under 40” list, a testament to the tremendous impact Hornet alums have throughout Sacramento and beyond. They and their fellow recipients will be honored formally at an event in November.
The full list was announced Sept. 30 on the Business Journal’swebsite. This year’s Hornets included on the “40 Under 40” roster are:
Chelsea Minor ’15 MBA, corporate director, Consumer and Public Affairs, Raley’s.
Amber Rosen ’06 (Communication Studies – Public Relations), founder and program director, Breakroom Fitness.
A 12th individual, attorney Adrian Carpenter, is not an alum but participated in Sacramento State’s Capital Fellows Program.
“These young professionals, through their hard work, talent and leadership, are helping drive Sacramento’s economy forward. Moreover, they’re making the region a better place to live by supporting worthy causes,” the Business Journal writes. “By way of example, they’re leading the way for future generations of business leaders.”
Sacramento State alumnus Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing) is leaving the Roseville Police Department to become chief of the Sacramento Police Department, but that doesn’t mean the former is losing its connection to the University. Hahn’s replacement in Roseville will be fellow alumnus Jim Maccoun ’86 (Criminal Justice), the Roseville and Grass Valley Press-Tribune reported this week.
Maccoun joined the Roseville department as assistant chief in 2014, following 32 years in Sacramento and, according to the Press-Tribune, “built a reputation in Roseville for working diligently behind the scenes, with Hahn recommending him to Jensen as his successor and Jensen interviewing no other candidates.”
Daniel Hahn ’95 (Marketing), grew up in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood and rose through the ranks as an officer and captain with the Sacramento Police Department. Now, he’s set to return to his hometown as the city’s first African American police chief.
Hahn has conditionally accepted an offer to assume the department’s top job, pending a background check and certification, The Sacramento Bee reported last week. Since 2011, he has served as the police chief in nearby Roseville.
“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the community and police department that has given so much to me,” Hahn told the Bee.
In a subsequent column, the Bee’s Marcos Breton documented Hahn’s rise from a young Oak Park resident — who was arrested briefly at the age of 16 — raised by a single mother, to a reluctant college student who never envisioned a career in law enforcement, to a respected police official set to take the reins at his hometown department.
“What Hahn didn’t realize then was that a community of people was growing around him,” Breton wrote. “What he didn’t realize then was that his connection to community in Sacramento would become his life’s calling. That community of people would keep him in law enforcement for good. It would correct him when he needed correcting, and it would fill him with the belief that law enforcement was about community. And yes, Hahn’s connection to Oak Park and Sacramento would be the primary reason for his selection as chief.”
Hahn is the latest in a long line of Hornets serving in law enforcement leadership positions, a list that includes former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. He also will become the third consecutive Sacramento police chief to be “Made at Sac State”: Both former Chief Sam Somers Jr. ’88 (Criminal Justice) and current Interim Chief Brian Louie ’12 (Criminal Justice) are Sac State alums.