Henney was born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and raised amidst tree-forts and blueberry fields. As he grew to be a teenager he gravitated towards books and sports, yet when Henney reached the end of high school he realized how much he missed the woods and lakes of his earliest days. He shifted his focus from academics to the people and places around him and learned that wild places bring out his truest self and create space for people to build authentic relationships. During his college years at Harvard, he found laughter and family in community organizing, cooperative living, shared meals, and climbing and backpacking trips that took him back to his beloved White Mountains. After graduating with a degree in Social Studies, Henney flew from traveling to farming to carpentry to a political campaign before landing at Elements in May of 2016.