The Team

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 by a robust comms operation.



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Dave Pilmenstein, CEO

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

In his first few years after college, Pilmenstein did work for giants such as National Geographic, Viacom, and Syfy, to name a few, as well as other prominent companies like Welch’s, and a hobby focus on small business. But it didn’t bring him fulfillment – no way to enjoy selling if you don’t like the product.

Becoming a full-fledged political operative gave Pilmenstein the opening to pursue his media talent in a suitable space. He was sick of the same vibe in political ads, which led him to bring his no-B.S. attitude into the fray.




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.