Hi! Our origin story is simple...

Angela was building her own creative brand from the ground-up in Portland. Michelle was leading marketing & business development at a global travel company in NYC.

Over samosas and locally brewed beer, they hatched a plan to work together.

Today, they use their combined experience in creative branding, business development, media planning, audience engagement analytics, social media strategy, video production, and content creation to bring out the heart of the brands they love.

Read more about who we are and what we do, below.


Who We Are


Michelle Starin
Brand Director + Partner

Michelle’s background is in advertising and marketing. She spent 12 years leading strategic integrated planning for clients including Nike, jetBlue, Sony Consumer Electronics, Procter & Gamble, Bacardi and Dewar's, South African Tourism and Nasdaq before shifting into agency business development where she led multi-million dollar global new business pitches. Her most recent role was with a popular travel start-up as Director of Business Development where she developed and executed multi-dimensional marketing programs for clients including Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Tourism, Hyatt, National Geographic's The Photo Society and Hostelworld.

But, between traveling India by motorcycle, teaching English in Vietnam and managing an agengy partnership with a sustainable development program in the Masaai Mara, some of her most important experience has come from the road.

View more work by Michelle here.


Angela Wagner
Creative Director + Partner

Angela, Creative Director of Pivot, has spent the last 18 years fine-tuning the creation of lasting emotional bonds between brands and the audience. Working as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator she has created work for clients such as Amtrak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), CBRE Group, The Nature Conservancy and Hilton. She enjoys forming connections with clients and understanding their aspirations. Her style is distinctive, clean and bold, and vision for projects are keen and visceral. 

With a deep connection to her New England roots - born and raised in Greater Boston, Angela eventually fell in love with Maine and moved to Portland in 2007. She loves exploring anywhere she can, especially the west coast of Ireland, with her camera in hand.

Angela’s freelance work can be found here.



We continue to evolve our capabilities as your needs and technology shift. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask!



Branding + Identity
Graphic Design
Illustration + Typography
Collateral + Package Design
Environmental Design
Multi-Platform Advertising



Website Design + Strategy
SEO Optimization
Content Management Strategy
Photo & Video Assets
Blog Creation + Execution
Ongoing Maintenance + Support



Marketing Services
Competitive and Landscape Research
Target Audience Research + Insights
Campaign Creation + Management
Event Creation + Execution


Social Media

Social Media Strategy
Paid Social Strategy + Management
Influencer Management
Email + Newsletter Marketing


We're pretty proud of our combined experience with brands like: