June 20, 2018

New Faces at WestWater Research

As the water market continues to grow in the west, WestWater has expanded our team of professionals, and we are pleased to introduce new colleagues in our Arizona and Colorado locations.


Walraven Ketellapper has joined WestWater Research as an Outside Operating Advisor, providing strategic advice on water acquisition, deal origination and water rights due diligence.

Walraven is highly regarded in the water transaction profession and joins us after a successful career of over 40 years of executing complex water transactions. He is one of the rare few who have successfully invested private capital in water rights. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Walraven has decided to wind down his water transaction business but wanted to maintain his market influence through his relationship with WestWater.


Audrey Arnao completed her 2017 Summer Associate internship with WestWater and has recently accepted a full-time position as the firm’s newest Research Analyst.

In 2018, Audrey received her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University where she completed her honors thesis on the effects of water right heterogeneity on California water market prices. She is based in our Phoenix office and will be covering market and price trends in Arizona and southern California.



WestWater’s Summer Associate program is a three-month internship open to qualified graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in studying Resource or Agricultural Economics, Economics, Finance, Business, or a related field. The program is an ideal opportunity for those who are seeking professional experience in water rights marketing, water asset valuation, water project consulting, and water resource investments. This year we are pleased to announce our Summer Associates in  Phoenix, and Fort Collins.


Beau Burns is a senior at Colorado College pursuing a degree in Mathematical Economics. Beau will spend the summer in WestWater’s Phoenix, Arizona office researching the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in California and will incorporate his research into his senior thesis.


Andrew Cortrite Andrew Cortrite is entering his final year at the University of Colorado Boulder and will complete his Master of Business Administration in 2018 with a concentration in Finance and Sustainability through the Leeds School of Business. Andrew will be conducting financial modeling of alternative water transfers in Colorado and will assist in the facilitation of the 2018 Tribal Water Summit in November.


Bill Mennell recently completed his Master of Business Administration at The University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. Bill will be based in the Phoenix office and will be focused on financial modeling for strategic water investment opportunities.