Athena Petersen to Lead Long & Foster’s Baltimore, Eastern Shore and Western Maryland Region

January 3, 2024
Athena Petersen is the new regional manager and SVP for Long & Foster's Baltimore/Eastern Shore/Western Maryland region.

Long & Foster Real Estate has named Athena Petersen as senior vice president and regional manager for its Baltimore, Eastern Shore and Western Maryland region. Petersen brings over two decades of real estate sales and management experience to her new role.

“I’m honored to lead Long & Foster’s Baltimore, Eastern Shore and Western Maryland region, where our company continually ranks at the top of all real estate brokerages,” said Petersen. “Just as I’ve grown my career at Long & Foster, I strive to help agents and real estate professionals grow theirs with us, too – ensuring they have all the resources they need to succeed in the business, for themselves and their clients.”

Petersen most recently served as managing broker of Long & Foster’s Reston and Fairfax Centre locations—two of its top offices in Northern Virginia. She oversaw the offices’ strategic recruitment and retention, managed their daily operations and supported over 150 agents. Throughout her tenure, Petersen has developed many effective programs, including a mentoring initiative and comprehensive training on the brokerage’s tools and resources. Petersen’s focus on leveraging Long & Foster’s all-inclusive real estate experience has also proven invaluable to agents on her team.

Prior to entering real estate management, Petersen built a thriving real estate sales business. She earned her license in 2002 and joined Long & Foster as a sales associate. She quickly became a top producer in the company and earned membership in its prestigious Gold Team. Through these experiences, Petersen learned first-hand the support and resources that both agents and real estate managers need to compete and win in today’s market.

“Real estate is all about relationships, and that’s how Athena leads – with passion and connection, ensuring she supports her team and their clients, so they have everything needed to achieve their real estate dreams,” said Jackie Thiel, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “She’s a knowledgeable professional whose endless determination and innovative approach align perfectly with our sales associates and our broader leadership.”

Petersen is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in information systems. She’s also licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia. For more information, visit