Ethan Strimling was born and raised in New York City, and attended the Juilliard School for Theater from 1985 to 1987. Later, he attended the University of Maine and received his B.A. in History. He received a Masters in Education degree from Harvard University in 1994.
After school, he went to Washington, D.C., to work as a legislative aide for then-First District Congressman Tom Andrews. He then came back to Maine to serve as State Senator Dale McCormick’s Campaign Manager for her 1996 Congressional race.
Strimling is the Executive Director of LearningWorks.  LearningWorks reimagines learning through innovative programs that help children, adults, and families realize their potential and build thriving communities. Strimling has also served on the boards of several political and non-profit committees, including Maine Won’t Discriminate, Casinos NO!, and the Maine NAACP.