Francesco Fiondella

Director of Communications
Office of the Director

  • Phone: office: +1 (845) 680-4476
    mobile: +1 (646) 321-2271
  • Email: ude.aibmuloc.irinull@ocsecnarf
  • Address:125 Monell
    61 Route 9W
    Palisades, New York 10964

Francesco Fiondella heads IRI’s communications, which includes developing web stories, videos and overseeing¬†IRI’s presence on social media. Through his writing and photography, he shares how some of the world’s most vulnerable people struggle with the realities of droughts, extreme weather, epidemics and other climate-related risks, and what IRI scientists are doing about it.

He is the co-creator of the 2014 Climate Models, a crowdfunded project that turned climate scientists into fashion models as a way to spark public engagement and interest in science. Before joining Columbia, Francesco worked as an information graphics editor and staff writer at The Wall Street Journal.

He holds Masters Degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Brown University, where he studied environmental science.

Follow him on twitter via @fiondella and @climatesociety Follow him on The Huffington Post. His photography portfolio is here and if this isn’t enough, you can find out more about him on