Who We Are

A company for women, by women, Purposeful Nomad was brought to life from the vision of friends and co-founders Caitlin and Jess.

Our founders are life-long world travelers whose combined experience has brought them to more than 58 countries on 5 continents. Their experience and travel know-how are top-notch, and their enthusiasm is contagious!

Caitlin Murray

Purposeful Nomad Founder, Caitlin Murray

Planning adventures and traveling has been in Caitlin’s DNA since birth. Her first true expedition around the United States for three months changed her life and thus began a journey to see the world beyond. Living in South America, running a small hotel in Portland, Oregon and being a guide for a company in the Dominican Republic that specializes in service/adventure trips, are just a few of the things she has been up to for the last decade. Her passion for integrating community connection and service into her travels has taught her more about the world than anything else. For her, Purposeful Nomad is about sharing this pursuit and using this positive energy to fuel greater awareness and acceptance.

Caitlin also owns Built Photo in Portland, OR. 

jessica scranton

Purposeful Nomad Founder, Jessica Scranton

For more than a dozen years, Jessica has been a fulltime freelance photographer working with nonprofit organizations and corporations who do meaningful work and want to showcase their accomplishments.

On assignment she has travelled to far reaching areas including South Sudan, DRC, Tibetan Amdo Region, Brazil, Mexico and many other off the grid places.

Her favorite form of travel allows for a sense of surprise, purpose, adventure and authentic encounters with local communities.

Her love for travel began during a solo trek around India after graduating university. From this experience she realized her love for photography and capturing images of people that help connect and bring us closer together.  This love for connection, purpose and helping other women find their passion and place in the world is what lead her to co-found Purposeful Nomad. She hopes PN will be a springboard from which women might propel themselves with passion and purpose into this world.

Jessica owns Jessica Scranton Photo in Boston, MA