Angela Yin Cesal, Realtor®
Angela Yin Cesal was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Tapei, Taiwan. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Chinese Cultural University, she joined The Ruentex Group, the company her father founded in Shanghai in 1942.
She immigrated to the United States in 1974. After many visits to cities on the east and west coasts, she finally decided to settle down in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the proud mother of three children: David Cesal, an aviation finance specialist, Catharine Cesal, an accomplished pediatrician, and Karla Cesal, a graduate student at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
On May 28, 1978, Angela acquired her real estate license and since then has achieved great success as a real estate investor and developer. After her husband Karel J. Cesal passed away, she became heavily involved in both the Phoenix community as well as the Chinese community in Phoenix. Angela has always been an advocate of higher education and dedicated a great deal of time and energy into the development of Arizona State University. In 2001, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the ASU Foundation, and in 2003 was appointed secretary of the ASU Foundation and elected to the Board of Directors. To this day, she remains on the Board of Directors of the ASU Foundation and the Board of Trustees of ASU. Angela’s strong leadership presence can also be found in other areas of ASU. She is a member of the President’s Club, the Sun Angel Foundation, and is co-founding Chair of Women and Philanthropy, the most successful women’s philanthropic program in the nation. Angela also plays an active role in Phoenix’s medical community, and in 2011 was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Angela’s commitment to the Chinese community in Phoenix is evident through the various contributions she has made over the years. In April of 1996, the commander in chief of Taiwan’s Air Force appointed her as the official liaison for the 21 Fighter Squadron of Taiwan’s Air Force. Operating as the liaison, Angela looked after the Taiwanese F-16 pilots participating in the Phoenix One training program at Luke Air Force Base. In 1997, she founded the Chinese American Society of Arizona and acted as president for three years. In 1998, Angela was elected the chairwoman of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission/Taipei Committee. In 1998, she was appointed advisor to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission. Two years later, the President of Taiwan appointed her as the commissioner to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission of Arizona.
Angela continues her work with Arizona State University, the Chinese American Community and various Philanthropic pursuits by giving guidance, financial support and her time.