Claire Horner-Devine, PhD

founder of Counterspace Consulting

We are a career and leadership firm focused on designing and facilitating transformative experiences for clients.

We create professional development and leadership opportunities grounded in social science research and guided by relationships and curiosity.

We partner with dedicated individuals and innovative organizations to transform services, products, and culture with evidence-based leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies.

We specialize in programming developed for and by professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Why “Counterspace”?

A counterspace is an environment that promotes well-being and a sense of belonging. Counterspaces allow individuals to be their whole selves in the face of challenging or even hostile landscapes.

Counterspace Services

  • Individual and executive coaching
  • Program design and delivery
  • Workshop design and facilitation

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What we believe

  • We believe that organizations excel and individuals thrive in a culture that values and embodies community, respect, and engagement.
  • We believe strong relationships are the foundation for growth and excellence.
  • We believe in the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • We believe in curiosity and creativity.
  • We believe you can create your own path.
  • We believe your story matters.

About Dr. Horner-Devine

Connection, creativity, and problem-solving are central to Dr. Horner-Devine's work. Her professional experience spans the domains of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), education, and social equity. For almost a decade she served as a faculty member at the University of Washington, running a research lab and teaching courses in the biological sciences.

She is the co-founder and co-director of three national programs (BRAINS, WEBS, and LATTICE) designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of early-career women and researchers from underrepresented groups in STEM.

Dr. Horner-Devine received her B.A from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

She has served as Director of Leadership and Diversity in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. She also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.