From the event: Behind the scenes
Becky Kurtz is the executive director of Desert Forum, Inc., the nonprofit that produces Desert Town Hall, a lecture series that in the 2017 season includes notables astronaut Scott Kelly, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, CNN’s Paul Begala with FOX’s Tucker Carlson and best-selling author Michael Lewis. After seeing the first speaker in 1993, Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, she was behind the scenes, first as a volunteer, then as marketing director before being named executive director. She is also a member of The Desert Sun's editorial board. A longtime desert resident, she moved to the Coachella Valley in 1986 from Superior, Wisc. She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.