Our Origin Story
The idea for Adventure Nannies was born in Denver in 2007, when founder Brandy Schultz made a name for herself as ‘The Adventure Nanny,’ joining families on backpacking treks through the Canadian wilderness, trips to Burning Man, and other off the beaten path destinations. In between Brandy’s adventures, she met an aspiring musician, Wesley Schultz, who had recently moved to town and was working as a busboy to make ends meet. They began dating and, as Brandy’s calendar filled up with families trying to hire her for upcoming trips, she saw an opportunity to launch a business and support her musician boyfriend.
The Adventure Nannies website officially launched in 2012 and was geared towards finding exceptional travel nannies with unique skill sets for adventurous families across the country. The company’s services instantly became popular among families living on the coasts who were relocating or living temporarily in new cities.Brandy’s drive and passion for helping families find the perfect nannies continued, but at the same time a song that her boyfriend had written nearly a decade earlier, “Ho Hey”, became an overnight radio sensation and his band, The Lumineers, embarked on an expansive set of tours, being on the road for nearly 300 nights a year.
In the midst of the band’s success, Shenandoah Davis was brought in as a consultant in 2015 and quickly came on board to run Adventure Nannies while Brandy went on her own adventures with her family. An ex-musician herself, Shenandoah had met both Wes and Brandy through musical circles. Shenandoah has dived into the agency headfirst, quickly becoming an industry leader speaking at nationwide industry conferences and joining the board of directors of The Association for Premier Agencies, the only group that sets ethical and best practice standards in the largely unregulated field of domestic staffing agencies. The company has grown substantially over the past few years, offering private educator and newborn care specialist searches in addition to nanny searches, and growing from a team of three to a team of twelve (and a toddler, two babies, 17 dogs, 5 cats and a rabbit.)
Adventure Nannies has also made a notable impact on the nanny community at large. They’ve created a podcast, ‘Adventure Nannies On Air,’ that goes into Equal Employment Opportunity rights during an interview, how to negotiate and create an employment agreement, and how to be an advocate for yourself and the children in your care. They also launched an online series called Summit Sessions that has delved into topics such as anti-racism training, supporting children through gender identity conversations, and much more. Adventure Nannies was awarded the Excellence Award and Innovation Award from the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies last year and are currently sponsoring a series of diversity webinars through the International Nanny Association. In March, Shenandoah collaborated with four other agency owners and nannies to launch Nanny Relief Fund, a non-profit that provides need-based grants to nannies experiencing hardship.