A long time activist, Aicila joined her first board in 2001 and immediately became co-chair of their annual health fair. She went on to serve on other boards, including the Legal Marriage Alliance of Washington and the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. This led to opportunities for public speaking at local and regional conferences to disseminate basic information about the queer community and on the the importance of equality. As first the Program Director, and later the Executive Director, of the Rainbow Center in Tacoma, Washington, she really learned what it means to work in a grassroots movement. Aicila is the Executive Director of Boulder Pride.