The Team

Activate was founded with acute self-awareness of who we are as people. First, we want to destroy the notion that talking politics in public is taboo. Second, we are old enough to have professional success, but young enough to create and conquer new, disruptive tactics. And third: we are, at our cores, storytellers.

With experience in strategic communications, content marketing, full stack web development, and more, we run the gamut required for a robust digital comms shop.

Dave Pilmenstein speaking at marketing conference

Dave Pilmenstein, President

Dave is a storyteller who most recently served as the Digital Director for Congressman Tom Malinowski’s 2018 campaign in New Jersey’s 7th District.

In his first few years after earning his Bachelor’s Degree at Rutgers Business School New Brunswick, he did work for giants such as National Geographic, Welch’s, and Syfy, with a hobby focus on small business. But it didn’t bring him real fulfillment.

Becoming a full-time political nerd gave Dave the opening to pursue his media talent in a suitable space. It’s been working out nicely.




Michael Cerisano is a New York City-based filmmaker with a passion for politics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University New Brunswick, where his work on "Carbon Copy" – a biographical account of his own musically-inclined father – took home Best Documentary at the university's Film Festival.

After graduating, Cerisano worked for the largest lighting and audio company in the world, Production Resource Group, where he teched computers, microphones, intercom systems and cameras on Broadway and for various other concerts. His later work at Reproductions and Actors Connection as Senior Editor and Cinematographer gave him the opportunity to film, produce, and edit multiple projects of varying subject and scope – but the passion was always directed toward politics.

Michael is driven by the opportunity to develop candidates he believes in. He aims to create motivational content that mobilizes everyday people toward greater political awareness and engagement.


Robert Evans, VP Development

Bob is a political professional with a real world understanding of campaigns and their practical communications needs. Driven by a desire to make difference at scale through good public policy, he knows the ultimate catalysts of positive change are messaging and execution. He’s been working with Dave since late 2016 and spends his time between Washington, D.C., New York City, and his hometown of Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

Bob holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Matt Cerisano, Lead Cinematographer

Matt is a talented filmmaker who splits his time between Activate and helping actors cut demo reels in Manhattan. He’s following in his brother’s footsteps, but with youthful vigor that Mike couldn’t possibly hope to keep up with. ;)