Alyssa Picchini Schaffer is a senior scientist and administrative director at the Simons Foundation, where she manages the neuroscience collaborations (the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain, and the Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain). Picchini Schaffer is a neuroscientist and science communicator with a diverse background and expertise in neural stem cell biology, pharmacology, policy and media across business, government and academic sectors. She is passionate about fostering collaboration among multidisciplinary teams to address significant questions in neuroscience and effective science communication. Before joining the foundation, Picchini Schaffer was scientific director of TEDMED, an independent division of TED focused on science, health and medicine. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is an alumna of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and Lafayette College.