Prior to joining the IRI, Jessica Sharoff worked with the Joint Oceanographic Institution (JOI), the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Through this experience she has developed a diverse background and interest in applying scientific information to practical applications. Sharoff holds a MA in climate and society from Columbia University and a BS in science of earth systems from Cornell University.
Role at the IRI
Sharoff works on a variety of projects which focus on aiding decision-makers and humanitarian organizations in improving access, understanding and utilization of climate information. Since starting at the IRI, she has worked throughout East Africa to examine the integration of climate information into food security decision-making. As part of this process, she contributes to climate risk management outreach and research initiatives, such as the development of IRI’s Climate and Society publication, and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. In addition, Sharoff is heavily involved in IRI’s index insurance initiatives, particularly the HARITA project in Ethiopia. In this role, she leads capacity building activities through the development of outreach material and by training in-region experts on index insurance concepts, technologies and design processes.