John was born and raised in Wabasha, MN. He served for three terms as mayor of his hometown. While living in Wabasha, John worked for 13 years in the private sector as co-owner and president of Wabasha Transfer, Inc. In 1985, he joined the Ramsey County Attorney's Office as manager of media, criminal justice policy, legislative relations, and eventually, chief of staff. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Federal Home Loan Bank of which, he served for 6 years. He is best known for his role as Director of Communications and spokesperson for former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. He also used to work as a talk-radio host on AM 1500, KSTP in St. Paul, MN. Currently, John is owner and principal of Wodele Creative, a public relations and communications marketing firm based in St. Paul, MN. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Mass Communication. John has had a progressive hearing loss since he was a young child that was not identified until he was in his early 30s.
"Being a member of the Commission is a way for me to serve the collective community of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing citizens in Minnesota and advocate for services to help them overcome the challenges they face in education, employment, and basic access to communication." ~ John Wodele