About Us

Our carefully-assembled core team is a collection of the brightest young stars of our industry.  With over 52 combined years of nanny experience, we pride ourselves in our innovative recruitment, communication, and successful matchmaking strategies.  Our team has backgrounds in a wide spectrum of fields, including early childhood education, special education, business, education reform, psychology, and conflict resolution.

Adventure Nannies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage our families to follow EEO practices when interviewing and selecting candidates for their positions.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Brandy founded Adventure Nannies after 8 years of working as a travel nanny herself.  As a nanny, she went cliff diving with kids in Italy, worked on a farm in Southern France, attended Burning Man, and learned survival skills in the Rocky Mountain wilderness.  These experiences combined with Brandy’s background in education reform and gender studies led her to creating Adventure Nannies. As the original Adventure Nanny, Brandy’s passion for active families and dynamic visionary leadership has propelled Adventure Nannies from its infancy into the high-touch worldwide boutique nanny agency it is today.

When Brandy isn’t at the office or at home with her three dogs, she’s out on the road with her husband’s band, The Lumineers.


Chief Operations Officer

Shenandoah joined Adventure Nannies in 2016 as Chief Operations Officer after serving us as a business consultant and sitting on our board for the past two years.  As a former nanny and tutor as well as brand manager for a restaurant group in Seattle, we are pleased to welcome Shenandoah to the Adventure Nannies team.

Shenandoah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and English and, as a touring musician, has performed all over the world. She still travels extensively, but her home base is currently in Seattle.



Recruitment Coordinator

As our Recruitment Coordinator, Emily is the main point of contact for nannies and conducts screening calls, assists them in completing their application, and ensures that every candidate is carefully vetted. She possesses a BFA in Theater, is certified in stage combat, and has spent time as both a Montessori Teacher Assistant and touring Teaching Artist. She lives in Seattle, is the Associate Artistic Director of New Century Theatre Company, and was recently the recipient of a highly-coveted Genius Award.

Contact Emily:

emily [at] adventurenannies [dot] com


East Coast Placement Counselor

Chelsea grew up in Colorado, where she was 3rd place sparring champion in the National Taekwondo Championships, received a BA in musical theater from UNC, and worked as a dance and gymnastics teacher while acting professionally. Since moving to Manhattan in 2014, Chelsea has worked as a professional nanny for high-profile families around New York City. An ex-Girl Scout, Chelsea has volunteered with the Humane Society, National Charity League, and Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure.  She lives in Hudson Heights with her dog Winston.

Contact Chelsea:

chelsea [at] adventurenannies [dot] com


Placement Counselor / Travel Placement Counselor

Christina possesses a double BA in Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the Adventure Nannies team, she was a high school teacher in Spain, the national account manager for Caffe Vita, and a business development consultant.  In addition to residing in Spain, she has traveled to the UK, France, Italy, Morocco, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Mexico.  Christina’s many hobbies include road trips, motorcycle rides, cooking, yoga, flower arranging, and vintage shopping.  She lives in Seattle with her motorcycle, Little Bird.

Contact Christina:

christina [at] adventurenannies [dot] com


West Coast Placement Counselor

Eriika joined Adventure Nannies as a Placement Counselor in 2015. She brings her impressive skills as a news producer and event planner to match families with their dream nanny.

Eriika was raised in a small northern Californian town where she grew up riding horses, sailing and playing outside.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has over 17 years of childcare experience. She’s been called the twin whisperer after spending years caring for two sets of twins. Additionally, Eriika is a certified yoga instructor, and loves pulling poses while traveling the world!

Eriika lives north of the Bay Area with her dog Bailey and two cats Goose and Whiskey.

Contact Eriika:

eriika [at] adventurenannies [dot] com


Director of Communications

Prior to her role with Adventure Nannies, Danielle has worked with local and national businesses on developing their voices and social media presences, has been a classroom assistant, and has 15 years of childcare experience. She possesses an unlimited sense of optimism and the ability to find wi-fi in the most unlikely places. In her spare time, she volunteers at Jubilee Women’s Center, Youth Care and Hashtag Lunchbag. Danielle lives in Seattle with her husband/bff Ryan, dog Arlo, and cat Babette. Please contact Danielle for all media and press inquiries.

Contact Danielle:

danielle [at] adventurenannies [dot] com



Ethel joined the Adventure Nannies team when she was 8 weeks old. Her specialties include taste-testing office supplies, customer relations management, and keeping office morale at an all-time high.

When not in the office, Ethel enjoys playing fetch, sleeping, playing fetch, eating, and playing fetch.




At 16 years old, our wise supervisor is nearing 88 in dog years. Pagoda joined our team out of concern for our founder, Brandy, and is constantly tailing her to make sure she stays on task. Pagoda ensures each member of the office staff takes their mandatory walks, and eats every few hours. We don’t know where we’d be without her.

When not at the office, Pagoda enjoys sleeping, eating, and laying on the couch.

How We Hire

Only the best nannies are invited to join our team. Our vetting process is designed to ensure that every Adventure Nanny upholds the highest level of professionalism to exceed the expectations of our families. Our screening process is competitive and thorough, and sets us apart from other agencies.

The following steps outline the process nannies and private educators face when applying to Adventure Nannies. After each stage of our screening process, the applicant is re-evaluated before being invited to move on to the next step. Each nanny is asked to:

  1. Submit an initial, online application.
  2. Submit an extensive, in-depth written application, assessing professionalism, experience, personality, and childcare values.
  3. Complete an in-person interview (in NYC, Denver, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle) or Skype interview to determine if the nanny is a personality fit for our company.
  4. Complete a follow-up, job-specific interview over Skype with another member of our team for a second opinion.
  5. Provide at least (3) childcare or education related references, which we contact directly.  Written reference summaries for each candidate are provided to families considering hiring them.
  6. Complete and pass a professional background check and E-Verify to ensure they are permitted to legally work in the United States.

We run our background checks through PFC Information Services, and provide our families with the full report before they hire a nanny. Our standard background checks include criminal history, driving records, wants and warrants, and are run in every county in which the candidate has lived. Families have the option of adding additional criteria to their background checks a la carte as well.


Our Nannies have Superpowers

Medical Training

This nanny goes above and beyond CPR certification. Many of our nannies are nurses, Wilderness First Responders, and EMTs. If someone in your family requires special medical attention, we can help you find a nanny with just the right experience and training.


A nanny with this teaching power has a degree in teaching and/ or classroom teaching experience. Many of these nannies have extensive experience including Teach for America, overseas teaching, private tutoring, and advanced degrees in specialized education fields.

Special Needs

This nanny has a degree in special education, or two or more years of experience working with children with special needs. If you’d like extra attention for your child with special needs, rest assured, our nannies can help.

Language Skills

Nannies with the language superpower are anywhere from conversational to fluent in a language besides English, or have a degree in speech pathology. If you have concerns with language development in your child, or would like to travel with someone who can speak a specific language, we can find just the right nanny for you.


This nanny has two or more years of experience or training working with multiples. Do you need an extra set of hands… or four? These nannies are well-equipped to take on the task juggling it takes to care for multiples!

Infant Specialist

This nanny has three or more years of experience working with infants, or is a certified infant care specialist, postpartum doula, or sleep specialist.  The first few years come with a range of new challenges, and our nannies can help!

Travel Pro

These are our world travelers. Nannies with this superpower have spent extended periods of time in popular and exotic travel destinations, and are extremely adaptable. They know how to pack, how to plan, and how to make the most of any situation. These are a few of our candidates that can make your family vacation a true vacation for everyone.


These are our artists, our crafters, and our creative educators. If you want your child in the care of someone who sees the world through an artist’s eye, we can find just the nanny for you.


Discretion is a core value at Adventure Nannies. Each of our clients and their families are provided with the assurance that their privacy and safety are in good hands with us. Once a nanny or educator applies to our team, they are be required to sign an NDA and are properly trained to maintain discretion throughout their employ and beyond. Our training protocol has been taken from our own experience working with high-profile clients whose safety and privacy is of paramount importance. **Note: We have received written permission from the parents/ legal guardians of all of the children featured on our website and social media pages.