Ethan K. Strimling is the second popularly elected mayor for the City of Portland in nearly nine decades. Mayor Strimling was elected November 3, 2015 and was inaugurated for a four-year term on December 7, 2015. Mayor Strimling is the second full-time mayor for the city following changes to the City Charter approved by the voters in November 2010. Prior to these changes, the city’s mayor was elected by and chosen from among the nine-member City Council for a one-year term.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Mr. Strimling spent 19 years as the CEO of LearningWorks, a not-for-profit providing learning opportunities for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families. Additionally, Mr. Strimling spent 8 years as a Political Analyst for the local NBC and CBS affiliates, as well as writing a column for the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Bangor Daily News.
Before working at LearningWorks, Mr. Strimling ran Treasurer Dale McCormick’s campaign for US Congress and he worked on legislative policy for Maine Congressman Tom Andrews. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and he attended the Juilliard School as a Theater Student.