Kenny was born in Manhattan and moved to New Rochelle when he was two years old. Growing up, he experienced the unique value of a diverse community and quality public education.
A community like New Rochelle, which reflects America’s diversity, also showed Kenny the ugly reality of wealth inequality up close. On his bus rides to school, he saw the different circumstances of his classmates- the first stop was at a public-housing development and the very next stop let on some of the wealthiest kids in town. Once at school, Kenny saw the glaring inequality that separated students based on class and race which gave him a deep, personal understanding of how two people who grew up even in the same town could seemingly live in two different worlds.
Kenny worked hard enough to attend SUNY Oswego, where he earned a degree in Political Science. During his time there, he was privileged to work with a number of Democratic campaigns in Westchester and Oswego counties. Later, Kenny worked with the Bernie Sanders campaign and was a candidate to be a delegate for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
After graduation, secure and decent-paying jobs were hard to come by in New York, so Kenny had to seek employment in North Carolina where he raised money for non-profit organizations. In 2018, Kenny played an integral part working with the North Carolina Democratic Party in breaking the Republican super-majority in the North Carolina legislature.